Published Mar 27, 2008I love a band that list Lungfish as an influence. Out of all the longstanding Dischord bands, theyre one of last to name-drop for some reason. And while I dont hear that much Lungfish in Beestung Lips, I commend them for recognising such a classic unsung band.
As for Beestung Lips themselves, they work under a no holds barred regime they witnessed in bands like the Jesus Lizard and Oxbow, and I wouldnt be one to argue with them. The name is fitting: these Brummies slash and flail like their kissers have just been bombarded by a nest of vehement killer bees. The guitars tear flesh, the drums go off like an infinite string of ladyfingers, and singer Hetro Pearton unleashes that primal scream Quint set free as Bruce gnashed and tore him apart in Jaws. Its as if they dont have that conscience in their heads saying, "Whoa, lets slow this shit down and chill the fuck out! And its excellent.
Their M.O. appears to be "pseudo gimmicks, condescension and crawling, but its most often achieved with a shit-eating grin and mouth foaming. Theres little to this feverish band that doesnt get the blood rushing at a fatal pace. "Reverse Alchemy speaks of human treachery, and Beestung Lips bring it in full, thrashing their hardcore punknroll about whilst threatening the "Atom bomb and "self-destruction with full conviction. Again, I wouldnt be one to argue with them.