(record review)JuJu Hands-“Most Likely Hate You e.p.”

JuJu Hands are a garage punk n roll trio from Belgrade, Serbia and this is their new e.p. that came out recently.

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The e.p. contains 5 tracks of garage raw but also melodic punk n roll with an edge. What I liked upon the first listening was that they use some samples between songs and I love that. The material is very varying from one song to another and the opener “Are you Moses?” sounds more like some 60-ies garage rock and to be honest it did not impress me much. That improved with the second song “All alone”, sounding more rockabilly and country combined with dirty rnr and devilish melody on the chorus. Definite hit! “For the lonely”, the third track of the e.p.brings some 50-ies vibe and as I listen to it, I imagine living on Elm Street in some small American town where people are afraid to go out when darkness falls because there is a serial killer on the prowl. “Crush on you” is the song for which the guys made a video, you can watch it below. This is an energetic straightforward tune to move your booty to and throw dirty looks all around you as you prowl the club with beer in your hand heheh. The finishing song “Howl” is a horror rnr story packed in dirty riffs and crackling guitar energy. This e.p. rocks literally, so get yours. You can do it for free, but also you can throw in some dime. Dont forget to throw a word or two to the guys if you like their band, I am sure it will mean a lot to them.

7/10

Follow JuJu Hands: https://www.facebook.com/TheCultOfJuJu/

Listen to the music: https://jujuhands.bandcamp.com/album/most-likely-hate-you-e-p

 

Back to back books with Pantera history, Rex Brown book vs Zac Crain book. Which is better?

I was really happy when I finally put my paws on the long awaited Rex Brown autobiography regarded as an inside story of Pantera. We all know Pantera. They were and still are one of the milestones and legends of American metal scene and worldwide extreme music scene.

After the years of success and extensive hard working tours and partying, the band broke apart and imploded in itself in 2001., with the final ending being brought with the tragic murder of Dimebag Darrell on stage in Ohio by a madman in 2004. Since the band was and still is a big part of me, because it was Pantera who brought me with a couple of other bands in my formative years on the extreme music  scene, I was eager to read how bassist Rex Brown saw all of the turmoil, music, heartbreak and tragedy.

Now that I have read the book, I am kinda disappointed. I was expecting to read the more in depth story about the whole thing and the whole story behind Rex book is very thin like some paper ready to float in the mist of memory. There are no juicy party stories included in the book, and I was expecting some knowing that Pantera was a party juggernaut in full sense of the word. Also, the whole breakup thing is kinda vague, like Rex really could not guess or knew not why did it happen. The one part of the book that brought tear to my eye is the part where Rex describes the funeral and in memoriam for Dimebag, the man whose loss still impacts the scene and me as a person a lot. Although the book is kinda let down, it is by no means something to avoid, so get it and read it. The fans of Pantera will be satisfied but for us who expected something like Nofx Hepatitis Bathtub book, we will be disappointed with this one.

The other Pantera book is written by Zac Crain and it is in fact concentrated on the life and times of Dimebag Darrell through his formative years as a guitar player and then with Pantera until his untimely death at the hands of a madman during the opening of Damageplan show in Ohio in 2004. This book has many more stories and fun but also emotions and was really nice to read it. It is not better then the book by Rex, but offers interesing side view to all of the road Pantera went together. What bothered me in this book was that it was way too much idealised and too subjective to read. Rex Brown book was much more objective although the guy was a co founder of Pantera and brother with these guys for the most part of his life.

In the end, the only thing for you remains to read both books and form your own opinion about the story of one of the biggest metal bands of all times.