Cougars Manhandler

Featuring a slightly cleaner sound than their recent full-length release, Nice Nice, this EP packs just as great a sonic wallop. The horns have found better balance within the complete aural cacophony found on songs like the punk-y "Vegas Makes Her Fuck.” The bluesy untitled track that falls right around the middle of the EP is a welcome change from the non-stop rock bludgeoning of the rest of the disc, although the closing "Cookietown” offers another significant dynamic departure, with its open arrangement and quieter verses. With eight equally talented members, Cougars have offered up yet another testament to why they are one of the most interesting, brutal, and original bands on the entire planet. (Thick)