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Bad Guys: Bad Guynaecology

East London stoner rock whackjobs play it for laughs

Picture a bizarro world where The Sword compose a battering new arsenal of groove-laden psychedelic doom and then summon one of their snotty 13-year-old nephews to write the lyrics. You now have a crystalline vision of these impudent stoner rock merchants from Hackney.

If the Grammys started giving out awards for crap album names, Bad Guynaecology would be 2015’s runaway favourite, and yet beyond the puerile naughtiness, the material sizzles with boatloads of sticky-sweet 70s hard rock riffage garnished with elements of doom, blues and psychedelia.

Lyrical considerations of Tonka trucks (Crime), hookers (Prostitutes [Are Making Love In My Garden]) and motorhomes (Motorhome), are all delivered with tongue firmly in cheek, and the only way you could get through the album without laughing would be if you were entirely dead. But the goofy vocals too often distract from otherwise taut musicianship.

In its finest moments, a blissfully distorted, double-fretted bludgeoning, but at its worst, a boozy rehearsal room joke gone way too far./o:p

Joe Daly
Joe Daly

Hailing from San Diego, California, Joe Daly is an award-winning music journalist with over thirty years experience. Since 2010, Joe has been a regular contributor for Metal Hammer, penning cover features, news stories, album reviews and other content. Joe also writes for Classic Rock, Bass Player, Men’s Health and Outburn magazines. He has served as Music Editor for several online outlets and he has been a contributor for SPIN, the BBC and a frequent guest on several podcasts. When he’s not serenading his neighbours with black metal, Joe enjoys playing hockey, beating on his bass and fawning over his dogs.