Brooklyn’s maddest surf rock trio THE MAD DOCTORS just dropped their first cassette Fuzz Tonic on the Doctor Gone Records label out of Carolina Beach. You can grip the cassette at any of their upcoming shows on the east coast, but that’s it!
For a band who isn’t selling their physical material on the internet, their cassette is almost too good for that to be allowed. And that’s a fact. If this stuff was available on vinyl I bet half of you readers would be itching to throw your money down for it, because I know I am. Using the only accurate descriptor available, “psychofuzz” is probably the closest you can get to their snarling, surf-punk debauchery without actually touching anything for fear of infection.
The cassette opens with a sinister twang in “Superscience,” quickly breaking the ice with scorching hooks buried under a thick layer of grungy, crusty fuzz. It’s a putrid combination, revealing Dr. Seth Applebaum’s raspy howls and shocking guitar solos that will have the hair raising on the back of your neck. The opener has a sort of nasty garage-punk edge, while track two “Black Magic” has a dominantly surfy tone. Dirty, wiry surf guitars lead the way over rugged rhythms, comprised of wonky bass lines and crashing percussion, leaving you no other choice but to whimper in the wake of the Mad Doctors. “Alive and Well (and Living in Leningrad)” unfolds carefully with a foreboding groove, leading us straight into squealing guitars backed by a pounding, tom-driven beat. Calling this heavy would be an understatement, so we’ll leave that decision up to you. Check this stuff below for an invigorating start to your day or you will be sorry.
My Rating: SS
Genre/ Tags: Garage Rock, Lo-Fi, Psychedelic, Surf Rock
Fuzz Tonic EP: Tracklist:
2.) Black Magic
3.) Alive and Well (and Living in Leningrad)
4.) Scorpion Queen
5.) Left Brain