Saturday, September 29, 2018

Southern post punk by Commander Keen - pummels you into submission on "Dying In The South"

























Commander Keen is a three piece rock band out of Cookeville, Tennesee and their defiant alternative rock sound pummels you into submission but in a really good way. To say that their sound is muscular would be an understatement. Their sound is garage rockish but not in a messy way, just big and powerful with proggy licks, super tight post punk tones and a punk heart. On the track Dying In The South (the title track of their latest album), front man Blake Marlow (guitar, vox) chews the lyrics and spits them out as he is "just looking for my lost dog... is he home???"  The big lead lines and bigger voice is audaciously cool and catchy. The band is rounded out by Matt Billings (bass guitar) and Zach Ramsey (drums). "Dying In The South" (the album) is available on vinyl though their Bandcamp page and on digital platforms.

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Robb Donker