Review: Wet Dreams- S/T (Black Pop)

Posted: May 15, 2019 in Reviews
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When I first began reading an online bio of Wet Dreams, I misread it as that they formed in an Ohio basement. But then I re-read it, and they’re from Oslo, as in Norway, not Ohio in the USA. Given their sound, Ohio would have made more sense, because this is some great garage punk, not typical Scandinavian black metal. It consists of simple guitar, bass, drums, and vocals a la Ramones-core, but harder and edgier, more rock and less pop. Especially on the opener, “Band Aid.” This track rocks hard in its scant two minutes, the distortion in the production acting as an extra band member. “Her” comes next, and has a sludgy grungy quality to it, as if it was recorded in 1990s Seattle.  But when the third track hits, things really take off! “Radioactivity” reminds me of a cross between the great The Marked Men and Ohio’s Vacation. It’s why I mistakenly thought “Ohio” when reading the bio. The track even injects some great power pop hooks in the chorus, including giving the bass some time at the fore. I think this is my favorite track on the album. “Depression” picks up the tempo and amps up the punk aspect. “Roliglata” is a classic 60s garage pop love song that I really like. “Bad Boy” is another great grungy garage track, and “Boogie” takes things up several notches, blending roots rock sounds with the heaviest fuzzed out rock you’ve ever heard, in sort of a Motorhead vein. That overdriven bass will blow out your eardrums, even as you keep jumping around because you just can’t stop. “Beautiful” is a fantastic bouncy pop tune, with all the great fuzz and distortion, and it’s another favorite. Anytime someone can make a pop tune sound this gritty, yet still poppy, it’s a great day.  I think that’s the magic of Wet Dreams: they’re able to blend gritty garage punk, heavy classic rock, retro pop, and modern pop and make it all work so well.

Check it out here: https://wetdreams.bandcamp.com/

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