This is not a “new” Apache Dropout platter, but an archival sidestep into the Fugs n’ fried view of their early beginnings. Before the Indiana trio cemented their unique red-level, distorto proto-punk they focused on a more obliterated bent on traditional forms. Fiddle, distortion and echo drive most of these songs, as sung by Sonny Blood, that tout distrust of banks, ballot uncertainties and magnetic heads. It’s a bleaker vision than the recent Bubblegum Graveyard LP on Trouble in Mind, even with the blownout take on Chuck Berry’s “Memphis, Tennessee” and hints of Holy Modal Rounders to Kim Fowley doused throughout these sides. Culled from the group’s first two self-released cassettes — Cha Cha in 2008 and Lysergic Choogle: Not for Pigs issued a year later — the 10 songs are equally formed by their recording in a grain silo and the group’s Magnetic South studio as much as the songwriting.
RIYL: Ty Segal, Hickory Wind, Michael Hurley, Jacks…
Tracklist: Don’t Trust Banks / Eyes Wide Open / Memphis, Tennessee / Taj Mahal / On The Beat / Put A Moth On It / Mary Don’t You Weep / Devil Story / I’m So Glad / Exaltation Of The Guru In The Natural Harmonic Series
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