In celebration of the 10th anniversary of RECORD STORE DAY
BOP SHOP RECORDS present: HARMONICA LEWINSKI
Saturday, April 22 1pm
Bop Shop Records 1460 Monroe Ave. Rochester NY
Harmonica Lewinski is guitarists Joe Bushen and Docks Bushen, bassist Jeremiah “JBone” Richards, Lindsey Lewinski on organ and percussion and drummer Daniel Eustice. Musicians of sexualized irrelevance, roaming a wide swath of garage rock, yet keeping it cohesive enough that critics can speak with authority: Yes this is the Harmonica Lewinski sound. Starting with the spaghetti western meets Ventures of “Mondo Magic,” including spooky organ.
Such instrumentals are a prominent piece of the band’s party-amok schtick. Reverb-guitar rockers like “Tiki Time.” The bass-heavy “Mick Jigger,” superbly malefic, like a pile of old porn magazines in the basement. Or “Bingo Palace,” lighter and loopier. You can easily see the players sitting in front of their boards with their good-luck bears.
There’s a blur of quirky trash kicked off by “Bali Hai,” Harmonica Lewinski’s best interpretation of swaying palm trees and tropical breezes; certainly good enough for us, since we live in Rochester, and what do we know of such things? Then a sudden shift to psychedelic echos and cheesy electronics for “Disco Golf” and “Double Down.”
Perhaps the most-interesting musical moment is “Mango Mouth,” which ventures into San Francisco’s paisley underground.
Lyrics? Why, yes. Joe Bushen’s sinister garage rock vocals fall somewhere between The Trashmen and Iggy Pop, and are tough to decipher. So there is a reasonable fear of improper language and sentiments, with the closing “Lucy Lemonade” drifting into Butthole Surfer sonic territory. The band’s previous release, a four-song vinyl release called Naked Brunch, is warning enough, but we’re declining to read anything into the new album’s title.
And you heard right: No harmonica.
Corporate sponsorships for this band? Thrift-store chains and publishers of trashy paperback novels.