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Then the band enters jangleland with "REM," a perfect tribute to the band's statemates, and sails home with the lovely country rock of "Clean Up," written by Amsterdam's Tim Knol. (The other track, the puzzling "Baloney," is a 30-second belch of noise.) Songs From the Laundromat delineates D'n'C's vision better than any press release.
If an alien hopped down its exit ramp and demanded to have this Drivin' N' Cryin' thing explained or else, this is the record that would save the Earth.
The reconfigured musical landscape really serves diverse acts like Drivin' N Cryin' quite well. The group takes advantage of this by releasing four EPs over a year, each one cordoning off a different stretch of influences. The Songs from the Laundromat EP explored Southern pop and rock. Songs About Cars Space and The Ramones channels punk verve with a Ramones tribute, titled "Johnny Rides Shotgun," and a batch of songs that are much sharper than the last, as if frontman Kevn Kinney is warming to the task. "Hot Wheels" is a catchy, new wave opener, "Moonshot" apes the '70s Bowery punk sneer of Richard Hell and the Dead Boys, and "Acceleration" hints at a punkabilly Modern Lovers sound. The style would get old if this were a full album, but for 15 rocking minutes it's all aces.
Chris Parker/Creative Loafing Atlanta
In 2012, the decades-running Southern rock act Drivin' n' Cryin' announced plans to release four separate EPs over a 12-month period rather than offer up a single new full-length. These EPs, released on the band's own New! Records imprint, would focus on one aspect of the group's sound per release, with the first chapter, Songs from the Laundromat, drenched in deep-fried Southern boogie rock and Songs About Cars, Space and the Ramones exploring punk influences. Third EP Songs from the Psychedelic Time Clock follows with religious reworkings of the early garage and '60s psych sound. Beginning with the loving homage to the genre "The Little Record Store Just Around the Corner," the band rides a Seeds/Count Five-inspired riff and rumble while vocalist/songwriter Kevin Kinney sings about finding psychedelic records in the welcoming arms of the local record shop. Throughout the brief six tracks, the band channels the third-eye-opened trips of the 13th Floor Elevators on the poetic "Sometimes the Rain (Is Just the Rain)" and gentle sunshiny Beatles and Byrds-isms on "Upside Down Round and Round," and even gets into some of Hawkwind's dark biker rock energy in places. While the instrumental title track drags the short-lived collection down a little bit, the majority of Songs from the Psychedelic Time Clock smack with the excitement and clarity of the two EPs that preceded it. From the Iggy-esque yelps to the Dukes of the Stratosphear-caliber re-envisioning of the golden era of psychedelic sounds, Drivin' n' Cryin' display a detailed knowledge for the music they pay tribute to here, as well as a profound love.
“I think people will be excited when they own a few and can contrast the different sounds and producers... I don't have the patience anymore for a two year recording project, a big build up as if you're JD SALINGER, a tour and then reality again... I don't like hype... I just want to offer up my art for the fans or soon-to-be-fans. A five or six song recording every three months like a magazine subscription... I want it now!!!
And I want it NEW!” -
kevn kinney/Drivin N Cryin