Published Jan 16, 2009I'm not 100 percent sure what they're story is, but what I do know is that I sure love Atlanta's the Spooks (how could you not, considering their MySpace URL is "Atlanta's crunkest"?). Rumours about who they actually are follow these guys around like a bad stink, but if we're to believe them, members come from such ATL bands such as the Black Lips, Deerhunter, the Kiwis and Baby Dinosaurs vs. Extinction. Live, they disguise themselves as either ghosts or as you can see, hockey and gas masks, no doubt showing they're trick-or-treaters come October 31. What I love, though, is that this all extends into their music. It ain't horror punk like the Misfits, but it sure does get spooky, sounding like they've got one member playing the Ouija board.
Their new album, Death From Beyond The Grave, which according to their label Die Slaughterhouse, ends a seven-year wait, is a collection of supernatural lo-fi punk, done on no budget likely under the influence of some kind of recreational substance - spiked Ghost Juice perhaps? Along with a shambolic cover of BTO's timeless anthem about TCB, y'know, "Taking Care of Business," the Spooks have won me over with a ditty called "Now I'm a Spook," which features the band referencing Friday the 13th by spittin' "Ch, Ch, Ch, Ha, Ha, Ha." It's a simple frill, but it makes my heart melt hearing it.
If you're looking for the full-length, Die Slaughterhouse insists that you "buy it here or we'll stab you in the face!" Of course' seeing as it's only out on vinyl, you can also sample it digitally by clicking here. But I stress, this album would sound a whole lot better in wax form.
The Spooks "Now I'm a Spook"