Ich Bin Ein Esel EP - Ich Bin Ein Esel (Swashbuckling Hobo)
If there’s the strong stench of familiarity about a couple of these songs it’s because they were on Ich Bin Ein Esel’s essential debut album “Why?” on the same label a couple of years back. Even if you’ve some of them before, four tracks by this German-obsessed Brisbane supergroup (Boondall Boys, The Dangermen, The Onyas) on a 7” EP is good value.
Ich Bin Ein Esel (“It’s An Ass”) is a trio that plays fearsome, high octane guitar rawk. There are equal doses of it on both sides and if it’s your thing (as it should be) you’ll be hard pressed to favour the A over the B side or vice versa. Dr Rock drives his guitar like a plough right through “Holy Grail” while the battering ram “Big Picture Man” gets along with a refreshing looseness without ever losing its way.
On the B side, Man Punches Shark” is as close to an anthem as you’ll hear this week (“Fuck shit up!”) “Hate, Fear and Conquest” is a song title borrowed from a prog metal band but sounds like a de-tuned muscle car being stripped barb by a bunch of thugs in the carpark of the local 7-11. No notes were wasted in the recording of this EP. Esel Uber Alles!