Review: The Griefs – Throwing a Tempo Tantrum

Label: Spoonful Records

Released: 2007

The Griefs channel the Who’s manic drums, big power chords and brutal loudness in a catchy package. Sometimes there’s fuzz and other times there’s jangle, but from start to finish, this is an album of loud melodies and rock n roll bombast that many have copied, but few have done this successfully. Throwing a Tempo Tantrum has the hooks of 60s pop without reining in any of garage rock’s energy, creating a loud, abrasive vehicle for their wonderful pop songs. They do little if anything to update what came out of garages 40 years ago, but they capture the essence of that period’s raw creative insanity as well as its sweet pop sensibility in a way that is seldom matched today. It kinda makes you wanna hum along and bounce off the walls at the same time!

Satriani: 6/10
Zappa: 5/10
Dylan: 7/10
Aretha: 8/10
Overall: 7/10


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bobvinyl, writer and co-editor of No Song is an Island, founded its predecessor, Rock and Roll and Meandering Nonsense (whose archives are found here), in 2005 and served as editor and principal contributor until it went on hiatus in 2010. He has also been published in AMP and Loud Fast Rules! (in print) as well as Glide and FensePost on the web. He has been an avid record collector since he was seven years old and enjoys sharing his love of music from the common to the esoteric.

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