Janitor Joe, Big Metal Birds

Joe Gross

By Joe Gross

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
An underrated noise-rock classic.

Sadly, this band is best known as the group bassist Kristen Pfaff quit before joining Hole, a band she was in just long enough to play on Live Through This and then die from a heroin overdose. All of this is a shame, because Birds is an underrated genre classic, the hammer slamming into the anvil with expert precision. Every song features a tough, meaty hook, but cop tribute "Boys in Blue" is simply one of the best songs AmRep ever released — heavy-breathing Bonham-drums, hypnotic bass, a spiraling riff and menacing vocals (that laugh!) by Joachim Breuer. It's a beautifully recorded slab of pure rock fury and a personal favorite.