The project of brothers Chris and Kevin Coyle, the soon-to-relocate-to-Seattle band Hollywood Begs has a raw-sounding yet very focused glam-alt-rock sound on their debut EP. Pulling in everything from T-Rex to Guns N' Roses to the Clash, the five songs on this self-titled recall the sort of fun-filled decadence that rock 'n' roll stood for a generation ago, before things got so serious.
With song titles like "Kay's Mojo Killer," "Mission Valley Mommas" and "Midlife Crisis," this isn't a band that's very full of themselves. Built around Chris' guitar playing and vocals (Kevin plays drums), the songs all have short, simple riffs but get a fuller sound through the creative use of different effects. Mark Cofer is credited with "random noises," but the swirling effects he creates work really well.
It's an intriguing, listenable debut San Diego's loss is sure to be Seattle's gain.
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