JEORDIE WHITE | BASE TENDENCIES
As the first proper full-length from this eclectic supergroup of a side project (ex-Marilyn Manson bassist Twiggy Ramirez, Masters Of Reality singer/guitarist Chris Goss, Hella’s Zach Hill) Licker's Last Leg trolls through hard rock, post rock and, er, not-rock (drum machine hiccups, skronky sax loops, something that sounds a lot like Tuvan throat singing). "An Autumn That Came Too Soon" is more not-rock than the rest of the album, with a twitchy drumbeat supporting cabaret- styled vocals, the aforementioned sax loops and some well- cured guitar fuzz. But after this mellow intro, listeners are dropped into the rude, crude "My Machine," the same brand of sludgy hard rock Ramirez produced with the Antichrist Superstar. Delicate ears be forewarned: this raunchy song conjures up images of daisy chains, not cars, evinced by the chorus, "Throw it up, tumble down/I appreciate the reach- around." But the sweet Kinks-styled comedown of "Lay Down" (no pun intended) makes the journey, if not always satisfactory, at least complete.