SALT LICK: “DOCTOR (OF LOVE)” 7″
“Doctor (Of Love)” 7″
In the Eddie Cochran classic, “Summertime Blues”—later beautifully mutilated by Blue Cheer—he sings “I’m a-gonna raise a fuss / I’m a-gonna raise a holler.” Salt Lick’s debut double-sided sludgsicle seven-inch does just that. There’s a pyramidal symmetry to a three-piece rock band like Salt Lick—think Motorhead, Minutemen, Nirvana, Rush. All-killer no-filler, four-on-the-floor throttling that hits you right in the third eye. The bluesy A-side “Doctor (Of Love”) is a sly homage to Kiss (in chorus) and owes as much to a band like Vanilla Fudge as it does to the Stooges. “Dirty Dream” kicks off with a riff lovingly snatched from the MC5s “Kick Out The Jams” before throttling into a VU-meter-pinning solo that offers the cure for anyone still wondering what to do about the summertime blues.
—Kegan Pierce Simons
SALT LICK’S “DOCTOR (OF LOVE)” 7″ IS AVAILABLE ON FRI., AUG. 3, FROM PERMANENT.