After three long years, we have you here a new album by FLESHIES, a loud band from beautiful Oakland, CA, who have released two loved-to-death-by-the-kids albums on Alternative Tentacles. After their second full-length The Sicilian and years of body/mind-warping worldwide tour marathon, FLESHIES withdrew into drummer Brian Hamiltron’s Sugar Mountain Studios to work on a new opus. Breaking away from the punk rock tradition of banging out a record in a few days, they took their damned sweet time making the most ridiculous album possible. Scrape The Walls is a spirited 17-song effort to molest punk rock in a similar manner that SPARKS unwholesomely molested glitter rock, THE MELVINS mauled rock, or THE BUTTHOLE SURFERS maimed music in general. (Speaking of SPARKS, this album includes a delightful cover of “Happy Hunting Ground” with JELLO BIAFRA on guest vocals.) Scrape Th e Walls bounces everywhere from somewhat sunny-dispositioned pseudo anthems to sludgy, stoner rock-esque castings, all glazed with FLESHIES’ inimitable sense of fuck-you humor. But honestly, no 200-word summary can neatly tie up the disorderly strands of ideas and musical chaos that is FLESHIES–and we wouldn’t want to do them such disservice–so we will just say Scrape The Walls is exactly the kind of record AT should be releasing and leave it at that.
I thought, ‘Aha! ThIs is what punk rock was supposed to be. —JELLO BIAFRA