Coachwhips Double Death

Coachwhips Double Death
For a band like Coachwhips, leaving a legacy was never about achieving gold records or critical acclaim; they were formed to have nothing more than a wild good time and leave this document of their history on hand to witness and enjoy at your leisure. Calling it quits last year, the Brooklyn trash rock trio have amassed a collection of live footage that sums up the band’s free spirit to a tee. Taken from performances held in kitchens, basements, illegal warehouses or sports bars — you know, wherever they could set up their gear — the shoddy camera work on top of the inferior sound gives you a first hand account of what it was like to be there. This lo-fi video project may not satisfy everyone, but quality has never meant much to Coachwhips or their fans — the screeching, fuzzed-up boogie rock is delivered in full effect, ready to take any party from musical chairs to police sirens in seconds. A poignant slideshow works as the final nail in the coffin to close out their career with a nice ironic touch. Even nicer though is the accompanying CD full of rare and unreleased tunes, including some well-chosen covers of songs by the likes of the Velvet Underground, the Sonics, the Kinks and their obvious heroes, the Gories. (Narnack, www.narnack.com)