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Saskatoon party favorites Savage Henry and the Infamous One Pounders have been pushing their unapologetic, if controversial, brand of raw garage punk since 1998, and their latest album, Get Off Easy, is no exception to the rule. With songs like “Get My Kicks” and “Sex Craze,” the band seem to have adopted a hedonistic free-for-all party attitude akin to Andrew W.K., yet taken to even more of an extreme. Unlike other peers who have jumped headfirst into similar territory, the Infamous One Pounders exist in more of a grey area—which makes their position all the more dangerous.
Sleazy and sex-crazed, the lyrics can be a cause of concern with any level-headed person in the 21st century, especially given today’s climate and headlines, and it becomes a question of whether they actually mean their lyrics or if it’s a subtle, line-blurring form of juvenile satire, a la Country Teasers or Kool Keith. One would certainly hope it to be the latter, and if it is, Get Off Easy merely becomes a matter of personal preference and is directed towards casual fans of hard rock and metal who can’t help but laugh at the absurdity often rife throughout the genres. The lyrics are so overblown and so appallingly ridiculous, it’s hard to imagine it being anything other than a joke, albeit a tasteless and questionable one.
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