Hot Snakes, Suicide Invoice
This is the Hot Snakes and Suicide Invoice is its second album. Risen from the still-smoldering ashes of San Diego punk-rock-luminaries Drive Like Jehu, the Hot Snakes reunite the incomparably tight guitar/vocal duo of John Reis (also of Rocket from the Crypt) and Rick Froberg. The lineup is rounded out by bassist Gar Wood and drummer Jason Kourkounis (from Delta 72). And the sound is searing, gritty, penetrating.
More often than not, it’s a confrontational recordpulling you right into the fray every corner it turns. And there are many: Suicide Invoice is chock full of indelible, unforgettable songs. The driving, scorched-earth title track. The invective ‘Paid in Cigarettes.’ The somber, elegantand raucous‘Paperwork’ (with its oddly Mick-Jagger-esque vocals).
Suicide Invoice is a modern essential. For those about to rock, it should be to this.