Forbidden 5 – Chop You Up
Reviewed by Nov 10th, 2006

f5When I lived in Pittsburgh I went to Incredibly Strange Video nearly every day, so when I heard Bruce’s band had a CD out, I had to buy it. Described on their myspace page (where you can listen to samples) “the songs are straightforward frankenpunk workouts with ghoulishly humorous lyrics and touches of distorted surf-guitar runs,” with sound influenced by The Sonics, The Stooges, The Swamp Rats, The Mummies, The Novas, Link Wray, and The Cramps. Of those influences, the only ones I listen to are the Stooges and the Cramps, but if the others sound a bit like the Forbidden 5, that makes me want to go find their stuff.

With song titles like “Psycho Rat Pfink Fuck a Go Go,” “Luther the Geek,” and “Love and Formadehyde,” this CD is sure to be a treat for fans of bad movies and surf-garage-punk.

Bruce Lentz (vocals) was quoted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, saying that “I decided to write about what I really love: B-movies and horror movies.” F5 played at the Pittsburgh Zombie Walk. With hundreds of people dressed like zombies on the South Side with them, they “couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

Cut you Up has 12 great, catchy tunes. It arrived in the mail just today and I’ve already listened to it three times through. Makes me wish I still lived in Pittsburgh so I could go see them. You can buy it here at the ISV website.

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