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Come With Us (Tomato Head Records)

By: Alex Steininger

Peacocks, a three-piece act hailing from Switzerland, fuse mod, rock-a-billy, and ska, not to mention some early rock 'n' roll, to come up with a sound that is as sweaty as it is sugary and sweet. A collection of songs - from their first demo through various 7"'s and other tracks - Come With Us is the Peacocks' musical resume.

The opening title track rumbles with a crisp, fiery rhythm section straight kicking with mod-punk mayhem. "Waiting" shakes along with a stagger you'd find if Chuck Berry recorded for Sun with the Clash as his backing band. And "How Do You Know" is a rock-a-billy gone punk song that wants to grasp on to some sweet pop hooks.

Elsewhere on the album you'll find ska ("One More Chance" and "Look Away"), some more 60's pop sensibilities mixed in with early rock 'n' roll, and plenty of rock-a-billy to boot. Easily written off as just a rock-a-billy band, the ska is plentiful, as is the other influences, which shape this band. I'll give this album a B-.

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