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Binges, The - 2008 The Binges

ARTIST: Binges, The
ALBUM: The Binges
LABEL: Label Of The Beast
YEAR: 2008
SPONSOR: Tsuzumi Okai and The Binges


LINEUP: Dylan Squatcho - vocals * Mayuko Okai - guitars * Tsuzumi Okai - bass * Travis 'Skanky' Smith - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hear Me Out * 02 Motorcycle Song * 03 Upside Down * 04 Not My Idea Of A Good Time * 05 Baby Get's Her Done * 06 Wake Up The Devil * 07 I Got A Problem * 08 Hooray Parade * 09 Bad Enough * 10 Rock Show



Highly revered pop rock musical doyen Kim Fowley has made the declaration that 'The Binges are the future!' Get this: 'Two sisters from Tokyo, Japan - ages 21 and 23. One Noddy Holder version of Axl... when he was great. This guy is from the mystic badlands of Bakersfield. One mangled Brett Michaels sideways outlaw from Phoenix, AZ. It's an unlikely post-Obama/Pan-Racial Arena Rock Band with the sadistic stadium sound we all crave!' Considering the recent review we've done on Cats In Boots, it seems that the 50/50 Japanese American band lineup thing continues well into the 21st Century. This quartet are based in Los Angeles, and are spinning heads wherever you may go in the City of Lost Angels. They've even ventured into Canada and over to the Eastern Seaboard, letting New Yorkers in on the secret. I think they've also returned to Japan for a few 'cultural exchanges' (as Mr Fowley points out) , but it seems the land of the rising sun are still none the wiser about The Binges. Is it because the Okai sisters have become part and parcel of the L.A lifestyle? Hopefully it won't be too much longer..

The Songs
Getting their point from the outset, 'Hear Me Out' is like Slade on steroids! The Noddy Holder reference an apt one from Mr Fowley. Stinging 70's influenced riffs are the hallmark of 'Motorcycle Song', the manic vocals of Squatcho would give even the almightiest revs of a Harley Davidson a run for its money! Fans of 70's retro rock will get a kick out of the hard-wearing 'Upside Down', Mayuko Okai's guitar vocabulary a testament to the best players from that decade, inclusive of Kyojo Yamamoto and a host of other 70's legends. 'Not My Idea Of A Good Time' hints at their poppier traits, though again, Squatcho's vocal drags this song into the alley as opposed to cruising down the boulevard. 'Baby Gets Her Done' also reinforces Squatcho's vocal edge, it must be said that combining razor blades and gravel to get the desired vocal effect is not to be considered lightly, but our Dylan takes it all in his stride. When he rips out lines like 'Living on the west side.. Baby gets her done, rocking on a piece of life.. where you got - you show a life'. 'Wake Up The Devil' is an intense half speed rocker with lyrics that border on the suicidal, equally 'I've Got A Problem' carries a similar message of despair, but the band rip through it as if there isn't a problem at all! 'Hooray Parade' is an escape mechanism for those wanting to opt out of life's hardship, the song a demented discourse of bent riffs and rabid vocals. Similarly, there is a tale to be told on 'Bad Enough', suggesting it's bad enough to watch life pass you by.. get out and do something about it! I love the riffing on 'Rock Show', which does take me back to bands like Teaze and Starz during their heyday.. a furious pop rocker for the 21st century.

In Summary
The Binges are a reflection of the modern society we live in now, but carry a luggage load of old school memories and references in their well travelled kit bag. On a good day, this quartet could very well blow many established bands off the stage with their high-octane brand of manic pop/rock. In every decade since rock music took hold, there have always been bands that have taken the scene by the scruff of the neck and given it a good shaking. If Mr Fowley is right and The Binges are 'the future' as he predicts, then the rock music scene will certainly be a fun place to hang out and watch what's going down. In the meantime, check their audio and video on their MySpace page (note, at the time of writing, it appears their main site is down). The Binges are on our 'watch list', old school 70's hard rock and glam rock fans take notice.. The Binges have arrived.

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