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Colonel Craze and the Hunch
Colonel Craze and the Hunch come off as a freaked-out militia of rock ‘n’ roll miscreants. Every song on their their debut recording yelps and screeches with freewheeling abandon as singer Andrew Waterman places his confrontational vocals front and centre. He sounds a lot like Hives singer Pelle Almqvist, with a bit of the Pixies Black Francis in his most frantic form thrown in the mix. On the musical front, the band goes for a muscular sound that recalls all sorts of other groups, from the disco punk cool of Franz Ferdinand to the blues rock shuffle of White Stripes. The influences may be varied, but the overall sound is coherent. Waterman’s guitar playing fills in spaces inventively, and the rhythm section is solid throughout, creating a local rock album with the emphasis on rockin’. A good first effort from a band with the potential to grow.