Legendary Pacific Northwesterners go ape in the garage

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The Sonics – Psycho-Sonic

Listen up Strokes/Vines/Hives:garage stomp has never been better than this. Period. Just back from the cleaners, The Sonics’ freshly remastered sides for Etiquette (1964/65) are just as punishing 40 years on. Frontman Gerry Roslie still sounds seconds from a coronary on classics “Witch”, “Psycho” and “Strychnine”, and guitarist Larry Parypa delivers paint-stripping riffs with all the subtlety of a stud bull crashing the Royal Doulton factory. Savage, brutal and fearless.