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The Deadly Snakes – Ode To Joy

Garage aficionados may find it hard to dislike a band with a keyboardist called Age Of Danger, and this third album by The Deadly Snakes amply repays the hunch. A rattling sextet from Toronto, the Snakes go for a fuller and more soulful sound than the bony minimalism of their Detroit brethren.

It’s a neat move: Ode To Joy swings from keg-party japes to tongue-in-cheek testifying and variously recalls The Animals, Panther Burns and Rocket From The Crypt without ever sounding too crippled by its antecedents.