USELESS EATERS ‘Singles: 2011 – 2014’ Review

Useless Eaters is basically Seth Sutton from Tennessee, and he’s been defaecating droplets of punk distortion like loose stool, while making music hard like a bar-room stool to pick up in a saloon brawl.

The album “Singles: 2011 – 2014” contains rich pickings from obscure seven inches from garage labels like Tic Tac Totally, Dead (from Nashville) and Goodbye Boozy (from Italy).

It’s no wonder he sounds a bit like Jay Reatard since the sadly departed punk troubadour was his bass player back when Sutton first played out.

There are rich pickings here ranging from Devo-esque futuristic Cle-punk like “Bloody Ripper” through to anthemic “I Hate The Kids” featuring garage rock doyen Ty Segall, but my fav is “The Moves”, coming on like electrodes to the abdomen.

There’s also synthetic synapse snapping on the early drum machine driven “Integrated Circuit” plus a skinny tied new wave close shave with “Addicted To The Blade”.

There is a plethora of different styles punk-tuating this platter, something of which SF psych polymath John “Thee Oh Sees” Dwyer would be proud. Since Sutton has moved to the Haight, joined local scallies POW on drums and released another record on Dwyer’s Castle Face Records, it won’t be long before he hits even greater Haights (sic).

Rating: Far from Useless. Plenty to chew on.
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