The Zodiac Killers, Radiation Beach

Erick Zeidenberg

By Erick Zeidenberg

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Radiation Beach has slightly less of the basement lo-fi vibe of bassist Greg Lowery's previous band the Rip Offs, but it's saturated with more than enough thrashy punk energy to sustain the album through 12 songs in 25 minutes. "You Are an Accident" typifies the album's bratitude and basic-yet-blazing attack, while guitarist Ruba Tuesday brings a welcome contrast to the mix with her snarly aspirations in "I Wanna Be a Pornstar." The most interesting track (mainly because it breaks from the formula) is "Telephone Rings Again" which starts as early '60s teen love-pop and morphs into a full-on '70s punk groove — it'll stay with you after you're done listening to the album. The title track wraps up the whole shebang, the perfect soundtrack to the Beach Blanket Bingo party of the Apocalypse. Like so many tracks on Radiation Beach, it's all about music for the body and not for the head. Chin-stroking audiophiles need not apply.