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Sugar Shack

This Houston, Texas five-piece growls and roars with timeless, rebellious "we won't be kept down" rock and roll energy, kicking out the jams with one rollicking two-minute three-chord skuzz-rock anthem after another. Sugar Shack's not-quite-controlled chaos marries the sound of pre-punk '60s garage rock -- especially the acid-influenced dementia of Texas acts like the 13th Floor Elevators and the Moving Sidewalks -- with the angry, thunderous bite of early '80s Los Angeles punk outfits like the Misfits. Singer Mark Lockridge's raspy yelp is second to none, and guitarists Andy Wright and Kyle Otis's fuzzy guitar attack skips and dances frenetically. The stellar rhythm section -- comprised of Johnny Gibson's big bass boom and Stefanie Paige Friedman's high-speed snare drum pounding -- provides the stage for the rest of the band's circus antics.

These folks are veterans of the trash-rock circuit, with four full-length releases to their credit. Their first, Charmer, came out way back in '92, and was followed by '97's Shotgun for Two and Five Weeks Ahead of My Time, and 2000's Get Out of My World. That last release contains the two blistering tracks featured here, "Mr. Lotto Man" and "The Unsocialite."

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