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Book Of Curses

Adulkt Life

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Roughly 25 years after the influential band Huggy Bear split up, one of the group's vocalists, Chris Rowley, returned to music in the band Adulkt Life. Teaming with two members of Male Bonding (guitarist John Arthur Webb and bassist Kevin Hendrick) and drummer Sonny Barrett, Rowley makes the most of his comeback. He yells, shouts, cajoles, croons wickedly, and sneers his way through the band's debut, Book of Curses, like barely a minute has passed since Huggy Bear's heyday. His lyrics are bitingly political, his stance is revolutionary, and he commands the center of the mix like a tiger stalking around his cage looking for someone to tear to shreds. The band have a tall order keeping up with Rowley; they give him exactly the kind of background his words and voice deserve. Alternately thrashing like the offspring of the Nation of Ulysses ("Stevie K") or the Birthday Party ("JNR Showtime"), spreading their wings on avant-garde punk explorations ("Room Context," "Clean [But Itchy]"), or doling out almost poppy tunes that give the listener a brief respite ("Whistle Country"), they fill each song with enough riotous energy to power a fleet of screaming ambulances. Webb's guitar playing is especially impressive; he blasts out power riffs, wrangles wild bolts of feedback, and generally plays each song like it was a chance for him to battle Rowley to the bloody death. Behind that raging duel, Barrett plays like a possessed Muppet who, despite not even being born until after Huggy Bear disbanded, fits perfectly with Rowley's vision. This is avant-punk for the ageless with songs that could appeal to the crustiest post-punk fanatic and those young enough to be living through their first global crisis.
© Tim Sendra /TiVo

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County Pride
00:02:29

Adulkt Life, Composer, MainArtist

2020 What's Your Rupture? 2020 What's Your Rupture?

2
JNR Showtime
00:01:54

Adulkt Life, Composer, MainArtist

2020 What's Your Rupture? 2020 What's Your Rupture?

3
Whistle / Country
00:01:53

Adulkt Life, MainArtist

2020 What's Your Rupture? 2020 What's Your Rupture?

4
Taking Hits Explicit
00:02:28

Adulkt Life, Composer, MainArtist

2020 What's Your Rupture? 2020 What's Your Rupture?

5
Flipper Explicit
00:04:11

Adulkt Life, MainArtist

2020 What's Your Rupture? 2020 What's Your Rupture?

6
Stevie K Explicit
00:02:24

Adulkt Life, Composer, MainArtist

2020 What's Your Rupture? 2020 What's Your Rupture?

7
Room Context Explicit
00:02:58

Adulkt Life, MainArtist

2020 What's Your Rupture? 2020 What's Your Rupture?

8
Move
00:01:48

Adulkt Life, MainArtist

2020 What's Your Rupture? 2020 What's Your Rupture?

9
Clean (But Itchy)
00:02:05

Adulkt Life, MainArtist

2020 What's Your Rupture? 2020 What's Your Rupture?

10
New Curfew
00:03:11

Adulkt Life, Composer, MainArtist

2020 What's Your Rupture? 2020 What's Your Rupture?

Album Description

Roughly 25 years after the influential band Huggy Bear split up, one of the group's vocalists, Chris Rowley, returned to music in the band Adulkt Life. Teaming with two members of Male Bonding (guitarist John Arthur Webb and bassist Kevin Hendrick) and drummer Sonny Barrett, Rowley makes the most of his comeback. He yells, shouts, cajoles, croons wickedly, and sneers his way through the band's debut, Book of Curses, like barely a minute has passed since Huggy Bear's heyday. His lyrics are bitingly political, his stance is revolutionary, and he commands the center of the mix like a tiger stalking around his cage looking for someone to tear to shreds. The band have a tall order keeping up with Rowley; they give him exactly the kind of background his words and voice deserve. Alternately thrashing like the offspring of the Nation of Ulysses ("Stevie K") or the Birthday Party ("JNR Showtime"), spreading their wings on avant-garde punk explorations ("Room Context," "Clean [But Itchy]"), or doling out almost poppy tunes that give the listener a brief respite ("Whistle Country"), they fill each song with enough riotous energy to power a fleet of screaming ambulances. Webb's guitar playing is especially impressive; he blasts out power riffs, wrangles wild bolts of feedback, and generally plays each song like it was a chance for him to battle Rowley to the bloody death. Behind that raging duel, Barrett plays like a possessed Muppet who, despite not even being born until after Huggy Bear disbanded, fits perfectly with Rowley's vision. This is avant-punk for the ageless with songs that could appeal to the crustiest post-punk fanatic and those young enough to be living through their first global crisis.
© Tim Sendra /TiVo

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