Published Sep 15, 2008Originally I just wanted to go on about how nice it is to hear a Spacemen 3 cover that actually puts some mustard on the legendary drone rockers' drugged out hymns (1998's comatose Tribute to Spacemen 3 certainly didn't). But then I discovered there's much more to this San Diego quartet.
Let's forget how "interesting" their name is, the Muslims make me feel like I did back in January of 2001 when I first heard the Strokes' "Modern Age" over Xfm streaming radio. Shit-cool garage played with the intent of just givin' it: the repetitious guitar strums come straight out of the Velvet Underground, the loose and playful groove recalls the Modern Lovers and well, I can't be the only writer who chooses not to point out that front-man Matt Lamkin's lackadaisical drawl sounds like the Strokes' Julian Casablancas' they just sound so much alike (a comparison that every writer seems to feel guilty over, though I don't see why).
Best of all, is the fact that they've put up so much of their material up online to download free of charge, either at their MySpace page or their label 1928 Recordings' site, most or all of which is taken from their recent twelve-inch release, an awesomely packaged slab of vinyl wrapped in silk screened jackets that were shot with a .22 callibre pistol. See how dangerous these dudes are!
The Muslims "Walking With Jesus"