The Dammitheads – Freeze Motherstickers

The Dammitheads
Freeze Motherstickers

The name of the band is cute, in a trying-hard-not-to-offend sort of way, and even the more sleezy approach of the album title (full title Freeze Motherstickers…this is a Fuck Up) is kind of clever. The cover art is cute too, so why wasn’t I expecting The Dammitheads to play straightforward rock? Regardless, that’s what you get: a little garage, a little barroom, a little 70s-inspired Rolling Stones-esque inspiration.
Thing is, The Dammitheads is basically David Tomaloff, who plays most of the instruments himself, with a little help on drums, and therefore the respectability level increases. Because, frankly, Tomaloff is damn talented, ripping off thick guitar riffs, rich bass, and his own unique vocals – bluesy and angsty, yet attitude-infused. So yes, Freeze Motherstickers is impressive for that, and there’s some damn good rock songs here… Thing is, it’s rock the way you might expect it to be, and Tomaloff doesn’t do enough to make the songs his own – even if they’re all his own
The opener, “Alright,” kicks things off with a pretty straightforward rocking track, the hints of synths and light tambourine providing a nice flourish, but basically thick guitar and Tomaloff’s unique vocals. Much better is the undeniably catchy “…When the Last Bring it Down.” “Stock Answer” is definitely 70s garage-rock punk in approach, and even Tomaloff’s vocals take that style, with his Jagger-esque “a-ri-iii-ight!”
Fortunately, despite sounding like a lot of other rock-n-roll, Tomaloff is talented enough to pull it off. On “Stop Engo,” for example, Tomaloff does his best Boss impression, and yet some synths provide his own flourish. There’s something more lo-fi to “Gimme Blood,” from the synth flourishes to the more pristine guitars, which really makes this one of my favorite songs. As the album goes on, the songs get a bit more original, with the sort of vibrant rock of “A Way to Tune Out” and “Anerasia” uses some nice guitar effects to change up the rather straightforward guitar approach on the album.
Essentially, this review could be taken two ways. First, if you’re a fan of guitar-driven, attitude-infused rock the way it’s meant to be done, you will probably love The Dammitheads. But second, if you like your rock with more of a unique, quirky affair – a trademark of indie rock – you’d probably do better to pass on Freeze Motherstickers. Because Tomaloff doesn’t try to hide the fact that this is a rock album, plain and simple, and if he wasn’t so talented and the songs weren’t so well recorded, this wouldn’t be as good of a rock album as it is.