Six years on, the nucleus of the band is the same. Spencer yelps and squawks up front, Judah Bauer is on guitar and Russell Simins does the wild thing on drums. But the new album also boasts collaborations with seasoned Memphis star, Rufus Thomas, Doo Rag's Thermos Malling and Beastie Boys' keyboards thumper of post-modern excellence, Money Mark Ramos Nishita. It's not the old-meets-new, sound-clash classic Spencer was obviously aiming for with a cool roll-call like that, but it does set the pelvis a-quiver at times.
Live, Spencer is a giddy, shaking Jerry Lee Lewis wannabe, all copybook wobbly knees and southern Baptist church hysterics. But hell, in an Anglo pop scene infested with frontmen who've attended the Noel Gallagher School of Stage Presence, this is a blessed relief. And we shouldn't want it any other way.
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