July 1, 2009
The Grannies, Hot Flashes. There's perhaps no better way to begin a punk album by five dudes dressed in glam-rock grandma garb than with a song called "My Middle Finger Says You're Wrong" Still, the Grannies aren't all novelty; their old-school punk-rock tunes can be mighty catchy, and the ten-year-old band seems to get tighter with every release. (Wondertaker) -By Nate Seltenrich
Turn up your hearing aid and take your pills because THE GRANNIES have returned to sprinkle their latest offering of punk-n-roll all over us, their tongue-in-cheek humor first evident at the moment of setting eyes of the DANZIG-inspired album cover. Through their false teeth, the band spit out a bad attitude probably accepted as the norm for old folks in their retirement lodgings in the catchy rocker "My Middle Finger Says You're Wrong".
"Don't Thank Me, Thank Yourself, " and "Fast Mike" are cause for suspicion that someone out there swapped their meds for amphetamines due to the songs' exhilarating pace. "Brain Freeze" is down in the Guiness Book of Records as the fastest punk song ever to feature a guest violin player. It's not all about speed though as the band slow down to work in guitar solos on the hair metal tinged "Bag of Hammers".
The cover songs are all great choices, you didn't know better you'd swear even the PINK song "U + Ur Hand" was a GRANNIES original. The cover of LEATHER NUN's "No Rule" is admittedly closer to the TURBONEGRO version than the original. -Carr peacedogman.com