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Promiscuity – Infernal Rock N’ Roll

Consider this:

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That is the guitar break at 1:28 into Mötley Crüe’s “Kickstart My Heart”. It is one of the most perfect moments in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. As a musical representation of the thrum of an engine, it is unparalleled.

It is a muscle car as a riff. And Infernal Rock N’ Roll is like that car, except the car is the beater that your uncle Tony has worked on forever. Tony was a Marine and has been divorced twice. (A tattoo on his left bicep says, “Semper Fi”. A tattoo on his right one says, “Never again”.) He drinks too much, is always wearing a wifebeater, and is always working on his car. Yet he’s still kind of a bad-ass. He tells you stories from Central America that make your hair curl. His favorite songs are “Orgasmatron” and “Symptom of the Universe”, which make sense given what he’s been through. These songs always seem to be blaring from the boombox in his garage as he works on his car.

Sometimes you say, “Tony, you gotta check this out”. And you put on some later Darkthrone or some Nuclear War Now! rehearsal-tape-turned-into-a-pricey-box-set. He grunts. That means he thinks it’s OK. He doesn’t tell you to turn it off. But he still says that what kids listen to now is all noise. Even though he is practically deaf from years of “Orgasmatron” and “Symptom of the Universe”.

You and Tony get along. He bought you a case of decent beer for your 21st birthday. That cost a lot of money for him. You already make more money than he’ll ever make. That’s why you can blow it on Nuclear War Now! rehearsal-tapes-turned-into-box-sets. On warm summer nights in his garage, it’s just you, Tony, “Orgasmatron”, and a car full of memories of drag races and babes.

— Cosmo Lee

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Translation: This is a really cool demo from Israel that you can stream, download on a pay-what-you-want basis, or buy on cassette tape below.

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