The name of the quintet from Brooklyn is clearly misleading: according to the band, it is borrowed from the title of a 1999 film by Werner Herzog about the director's collaboration with the eccentric mime Klaus Kinski. That sounds mighty like nerds. Instead of driving college students with giant glasses, there are five shabby, casual guys around twenty. The music on her debut album presents itself earthy and faded at the same time, mixing traditional American elements like blues and gospel with wavering sixties twang guitars and ethereal keyboard sounds. In addition, you can be happy about a Doors organ sound right at the beginning. The voice of band founder and guitarist Fred Coldwell is very unusual, fascinating and irritating at the same time: sometimes he sounds like a woman, then like a fourteen-year-old at most, screaming uninhibitedly ("Odvip"). All around it to be noted positively also that the band possesses a genuine hand for hypnotic melodies.
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