(Off The Hip Records); Pop

By ​Phil ​Bennett

Biff sock pow!

With their debut full length elpee, Catzilla have given birth to a monster.

A terrific broth of early Blondie and Cramps served up with a dollop of Sci fi, lo fi and hi fi, sprinkled with dashes of cheesy organ, honeyed Cat Ballou vocals, crunchy guitars and stompin’ bass and drums – these are just some of the 14 different herbs and spices that make up this tasty collection of delightful pop numbers.

Filled with a glorious cast of B movie characters – there goes King Kong, and, hey, isn’t that Secret Agent 99 – this is music to dress up and dance to.

Recorded in Zilla-Sonic full frequency stereophonic sound, these numbers will shake your bones, rattle your chain and roll your r’s more than a 24 hour danceathon with King Ghidorah.

From the Beatles chord shapes of Crazy ‘Bout You to the rippling underwater organ sounds of Keep On Dancing and the wild and wonderful instrumental, Curtains, it’s a non-stop spacejungle bikini party soundtrack that is fun, fun, fun.

Which, for a brand new year and with all the things that are happening in this crazy old world, can’t possibly be a bad thing can it?

So, grab your dancing shoes, bob up your beehive, spin this disc, and turn that volume up to eleven because Catzilla’s in town but watch out because “Here she comes like an atom bomb, 50 megatons”.

A knockout.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.