By Kenny McMurtrie
Toronto’s Odonis Odonis blaze onto the airwaves with a white-hot blast of messed up and distorted surf guitar on the opening (and title) track of this here debut album, Hollandaze. New and innovative it ain’t (half this review could be taken up with naming the bands their sound is obviously influenced by) but its assured enough to deserve its place on the shelf alongside the likes of A Place To Bury Strangers and other current proponents of the garage sound and at least there’s not a cover version in sight.
Delivered loud and live in a small venue, these 11 songs would leave your ears abuzz and your pulse racing. The likes of ‘Busted Lip’, ‘White Flag Riot’ and ‘Blood Feast’ carry things on in the straightforward manner introduced by the first track whilst the six minute ‘Seedgazer’ introduces a bit more versatility into the proceedings and that in turn is propogated through the likes of ‘Basic Training’, ‘We Are The Leftovers’ and (particularly) ‘Ledged Out’.
Sterling stuff then from a band that’s a little over a year old and a clear testament to the abilities of frontman Dean Tzenos (visit the band’s website and check out Dean’s podcast mixtapes while you’re at it) as well as the many illustrious collaborators on the work. As they’re finishing off a North American tour just now we can but hope that Fat Cat will being them across to the UK in the early part of 2012.