TRASH DELUXE - 69 Charger (Stardumb)
This Dutch quartet and their 12-track CD "Trash Deluxe" would seem to be one of the early surprise packets of 2004.

The band mixes the likes of The New Bomb Turks, Australia's own Cosmic Psychos and The Onyas, alongside '60s garage fiends The Sonics, The Standells and The Seeds.

There's no over-production as 69 Charger opens with "Stranded" (not the Saints classic). It's a top choice to lead off with as the band proceeds to slash and burn to the end.

Both "Girl" and "My Own Man" are distinct nods towards '60s garage punk, but are still delivered in the band's own distinctive high energy manner. Other winners include "At the Bar" (not surprisingly, a tale of where folks go after a bad day) and "Bad Day Blues" (a tale of how bad days can get, especially when they involve certain kinds of women).

Among the twelve tracks are two covers, one, a scorching take on The Chambers Brothers' "All Strung Out" and The Go Go Men's "Not Alright".

69 Charger's "Trash Deluxe" is an impressive enough effort and well worth tracking down.
- Simon Li

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