Previously confined to a digital album and split 7” with Satan’s Youth Ministers, Miami band Lil Daggers kick up a brief but welcome storm on their King Corpse EP. Bizarrely the record is getting released through Edinburgh label Song, By Toad, which says as much about Mr Toad’s omniscient tastes as it does Lil Dagger’s global scope.
Iggy and The Stooges are a heavy influence on these four tracks, be that as it may in afterbirth of Julian Casablancas’ teen obsession. With the exception of, “your love is too much” on ‘Devil You Know’, the lyrics on King Corpse are slurred beyond comprehension, and drowned out by the incessant cranking and whirring of the four piece’s instruments.
Incomprehension hasn’t always been Lil Daggers’ ballgame; back in 2009 they were putting out songs that sounded like Buddy Holly at a Black Rebel Motorcycle Club after party – intoxicated, but still audible. While their transformation is probably sincere, you have to wonder what’s happened to the band’s originality – after the gazillionth listen ‘Ya Tu Sabe’ still sounds exactly the same as ‘Hungry’. It’s not repellent, but it’s disappointing to see a band regress into territory bettered by The Strokes eight years ago.
Having said that – as a debut proper, King Corpse implies Lil Daggers have a fruitful career ahead of them. The band’s contagious hooks and melodic rumblings just about save the EP from self combustion, or delirious amalgamation. Give Lil Daggers a level-headed producer and perhaps a slap around the head, and they’ll make a record killer enough to match their name.