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BATUSIS – “Batusis” EP

 Once in while a band seems to come from nowhere and makes you take notice.  This year Batusis was that band.  So after getting a chance to see them live in St. Louis last summer, I picked this up.  The debut EP from this band takes vintage rock archetypes and places their own spin on them.  Drawing from surf rock instrumentals as well as classic boogie/blues rock and punk, the four songs here are chock full of hard riving guitar arrangements, turn on a dime hooks, and an energy that radiates through the speakers.  Sharp and to the point, the music of Batusis creates an aural world where good rock n’ roll remains vital and fresh in the face of cliché (inevitable given the history of the band members).  This is one of those records I wish I would’ve gotten around to checking out sooner.  (BOONE)

(Smog Veil Records)

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