. issue XV : viii .

by barathron

. artist : lantern .
. album : rock ‘n’ roll rorschach .
. year : 2013 .
. label : cardinal fuzz .
. grade : b plus .


Philly-based Lantern‘s full-length debut, Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach, gets the wax treatment from Cardinal Fuzz in a limited edition run with a CD of the album plus four bonus cuts. Billing themselves as purveyors of ‘blown-out-proto-biker-punk-blues,’ Lantern do everything they can to live up that, plus more. Snotty, gritty and brash, Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach drags rock ‘n’ roll back through the gutter to get down to the core elements of grime and irreverence. You know, the sh-t that makes it fun, as much as the ‘chicks, kicks and GTOs’ do. As saucy and cheeky as a lot of it is, Lantern take it all very seriously, knowing full well that rock ‘n’ roll was built on that irreverence as much as it was spit and sweat. Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach is a love-letter to the rude and raucous as much as it is a celebration of the power of release. Even mellower cuts like “She’s a Rebel” manage to pick up a coat of grease as it adds some ups and downs to the energy level. Rock ‘n’ roll isn’t solely an American endeavor by any means as anybody worth their bell bottoms knows, but Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach is a decidedly American record by an outfit steeped in the traditions of R&B, blues, garage fuzz and the piss of punk. Drawing a direct line from the gene pool to The Stones, through the bastardization of The Stooges and the MC5 and straight through the vigor of countless others that have (and are) toiling under an oily rag out in the garage, Lantern get right back to the heart of it all while pushing it forward. It’s a relentless assault, but Lantern pepper it with change ups like “She’s A Rebel” and some glammy bluster drawn from T. Rex to Bowie to The Sweet, made evident on the righteous lagniappe Mr. Mars or the mojo-soaked King of the Jungle. Lantern may not be reinventing the wheel, but they sure as hell know how to keep it rolling … straight between the eyes and right in the gut.

by Mr. Atavist