Coachwhips employ stripped-down sounds, deadpan beats and a whirling, out of control keyboard sound to create a heavy, jumpy, nasty record. Get Yer Body Next to Mine is a good effort in making some good, rocking punk music with the now sound of guitar/drums/keys combination.
John Dwyer's vocals are screeching and loud, yet have the same vocal distortion on every song, giving it a very un-unique flavor. Though his desire to let loose does flow through on the record, the sound does at some points hide the words. On "Couldn't Find Love," almost none of the vocals are audible enough to interpret; yet the music is driving, and the beat is pounding and loud.
Yet, on a track like "I Put It In. Way Down South," Coachwhips use a quicker-tempo and revved up guitars. When the chorus comes in, the music gets amplified with drowning, almost dissonant keyboard chords crashing and pounding, livening up everything.
On "Nife Fight," as well as on "I Put It In. Way Down South," there's a count off, giving the song a live, stripped-down, and almost sloppy feel, which is very invigorating. Yet, there's a few tempo and tonal changes that give the song freshness.
"Like Food. It Feeds" is an overall good track, displaying a tighter, more succinct sounding group. It's a short song, yet it pounds away with a good melody and driving tempo. The keyboards of Mary Ann McNamara really bring out a deeper sound with the guitar and drums, as with the next track "Yes. I'm Down." The key lines, especially the chords with bass pedal blasts, just echo and reverberate with an almost mantra-like sound.
As the record goes on, it seems as though the songs slowly grow in their tightness, and, to be blunt, goodness. Sliding chords, with bass pedal lines highlight "Other Man," giving a rolling feel to the song, and showing versatility to the band.
The album closes with "Get Yer Body Next Ta Mine," the longest cut on the album. Even though it is the slowest track, it just reinforces Coachwhips' the range, demonstrating a more bluesy and heavier sound than on the rest of the album.
Overall, Get Yer Body Next Ta Mine, starts out unimpressive, yet it grows steadily to a fairly good record. Tracks like "Couldn't Find Love," My Baby. I Killed Her," "Like Food. It Feeds," and the title track are definitely the stronger songs on the record. This shows a good, promising band pounding out a lot of rocking songs to enjoy.
Tom Fraher is a Contributing Writer. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.