OK, let’s play some good old rock ‘n’ roll with a punk attitude. Swiss garage rock trio The Monofones are back with their sixth full-length album, with the revealing title Loud & Lousy. It sounds like a thunderstorm is approaching, but when there’s a cheerful whistle after 15 seconds, you get the feeling you don’t really have to worry. Yet the threat lingers for 15 songs, gets even more powerful – over 35 minutes with lightning guitars and thunderous drums. The screaming female vocals easily rise above the musical violence, to assure you in confident lyrics that you don’t have to make any illusions that you won’t be hit. Only in the closing song does the storm decrease in strength and you can breathe a sigh of relief, with your hair messy and in amazement at what you’ve just undergone.
Loud & Lousy is out now digitally, on CD and vinyl LP through Little Rebel Records. RIYL: Guano Apes, The Distillers, The Jackets.