OK, to start with, you can probably take a wild
guess at what this album is about by looking at the cover.
To me, it's a party. The music combines a basic early Black
Flag-style punk rock with a very interesting Unwound-style
song progression that provides an interesting mix. It makes
the music seem more intelligent, but then you realize they're
singing this lyric: "this town wants a penguin to smash." My
question is, what is the problem with penguins? Is it the certain
sliver of a percentage of the penguin species that has no aversion
to living a homosexual lifestyle? No, I don't think so. PPR
just doesn't like penguins, I guess. Either that or it's slang
that has flown right over my head.
I'm all about challenging people. Here's how PPR does it.
How about "Let me piss in your pussy." Or, "I wanna get drunk
and fuck your sister." Here's another one: "You mother fucker,
motherfuckin' motherfucka." Overall, the album is full of
similar insight, and it sometimes gets a little
overbearing. At the same time, it's relentlessly full throttle,
and would make for a great time. I could make a weekend out
of this album. It's a very sprawling album. There is obvious
complexity. Later on in the album, there are some blues oriented
noodlings, complete with guitar effects, and the 10 minute Chicken
There's even a bonus song!
Overall, I'm impressed. PPR seems to have a niche in Atlanta. Also of note, the recording is very Black Flag. Love it! No overdubs (according to the press sheet). The band also claims to "scare people badly". I think I'm in love! If you have to opportunity to check them out, please do so!