Butter - SERPENTS & SNAKES
FILTER Grade: 76%
By Marissa R. Moss on September 14, 2012
It’s becoming a slowly accepted fact that there are few better places to turn these days for surfy, fuzzy, garage-punk than Nashville, Tennessee. The land of cowboy boots is now just as known for acts like JEFF the Brotherhood and PUJOL as it is for Taylor Swift. Now one of the scene’s pioneering bands, Turbo Fruits, have been snagged by Kings of Leon’s label, Serpents & Snakes, to release their third LP, Butter. And it goes down just as easily, happily clogging your ears and not your arteries. The songs are infectious and finely thrashed (“Sweet Thang” has a sunny-Strokesiness; “Harley Dollar Bill$” is a thumping ode to the open road) without becoming over-produced or overworked. The whole thing is less bratty than 2009’s Echo Kid, and tunes like “She Said Hello” show the band are up for slowing down, doo-wop style, without losing their sweaty edge.