Review Revue: Drive Like Jehu – Yank Crime

Drive Like Jehu is one of the many great bands of the 90s that I kick myself today for never having seen live. If you’re not familiar with Yank Crime, you should really grab a copy and sit down with and ask yourself if anyone has done what they did better since 1994. Damn, this record rocks.

I like this CD cover for a couple reasons: 1) as is often the case with CDs, the reviews have almost completely blocked out the actual artwork; and 2) it’s a reissue, but someone at the station in 2003 took the review off the original 1994 disc and put it on this one, just for posterity. That’s my kind of thinking!

“San Diego based members of Rocket from the Crypt, Pitchfork and Night Soil Man solely produced this album. A conglomeration of independent guitar lines all fusing together to hit you like a freight train.”

“Indie punk rock band — 4-piece from California. Intense raw full of potential. Some tracks are long, over 7 min. Should of named this Drive the Hell out of a Song. EYP [?] The Divorce, At the Drive in, Sonic Youth.” [This person seems to have thought this was a new, 2003 band. The next reviewer sets ‘em straight.]

“This is actually a reissue of a great album from ’94. At the Drive in and The Divorce are ripping these guys off… anyway, this band eventually gave way to RFTC and Hot Snakes. Track 4 is mind-melting goodness.” [This might be the genius who snagged the original review for us, since he wrote “Original review from 1994,” with an arrow pointing to it.]

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