i’ve been…

listening a to The Demonics quite a bit lately. mainly because i was recently able to “complete” my collection of their works.

“complete” being defined as owning all three of their LPs/CDs: Demons On Wheels, Formaldehyde Injection and Ritual On The Beach.

i was discussing them with a co-worker (who has only been exposed to Formaldehyde Injection) who pointed out “all their songs sound the same.”

which was not intended as a criticism on his part – he rather likes the album. but it’s not entirely correct, either.

each of the three albums is a very cohesive unit, musically. they are all concept albums, based around a warping of a specific theme.

Formaldehyde Injection is screaming hot rod rock – like Beach Boys or Jan & Dean car songs, if they were heavily electrified and performed by the demon band from Charlie Daniel’s Devil Went Down To Georgia. think Greaser culture, but with more attitude.

Demons On Wheels is, to use The Demonics own words, an “homage to B-Movie biker films.” once again the demon band is back, but this time they’re riding Harleys and Indians with brimstone flames roaring from the pipes.

and Ritual On The Beach? it’s what you’d expect to hear in a Satanic Tiki Bar. seriously.

all three albums share a certain dark, almost nihilistic, streak. these are often not happy-making themes. but the way the band deals with them is relentlessly upbeat, often to (and past) the point of sheer absurdity. great, rollicking fun. with extremely creepy lyrics.

so, if you’ve got an open mind (or a certain twisted streak) and like music about fast cars and fast women, check out The Demonics. if you’re easily offended – don’t.

quote of the day:

“The Toecutter – he knows who I am. I am the Nightrider! I am the chosen one. The minor hand of vengeance, sent down to strike the unroadworthy! I’m hotter than a rollin’ dice. Step right up, germ, and watch the kid lay down the rubber road, ride to freedom!” – Nightrider, Mad Max

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