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The Atomic Drops release a whiskey-soaked scorcher

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The Atomic Drops
The Atomic Drops
(self-released)

 

The musical approach of the Atomic Drops isn't particularly unusual. But if you're looking for some good-time, no-nonsense rock 'n' roll with easily digestible lyrics ("just outside of New York City, where's the music's rockin' and the girls are pretty"), the Drops'll be as smooth to swallow as the strong drink they praise.

The straight-ahead quintet mixes bluesy, hook-laden classic rock (take a clue from the track title "Thin Dizzy," with its radio-ready guitar solo) and brawling backroom punk. It sounds as if Motörhead and Southside Johnny warmed the bar stool right next to the Dictators and any number of West Coast garage bands such as the Supersuckers. In Pittsburgh, the Drops' closest sonic allies might be The Cheats, but without any glam touches.

The fact that singer Scott Terz doesn't need to play an instrument probably helps him focus his whiskey-soaked, slicked-back vocal attack, like he just stepped out of a souped-up Cadillac. And of course, for authenticity, there's a whole suite of tunes about living the celebrated lifestyle ("She's So Coke," "Dead Broke" and the glass-raising anthem "I Might Be Drunk").

After a few spins, the songs might start to run into each other, but the Drops seem to address their topics with particular abandon. I don't know whether playing this CD in the background will numb the pain while you get a tattoo on East Carson Street, but if you bump this in your hotrod, you'll feel like you can drive all night on the open road.

 

The Atomic Drops with Trash Magnet and Brass Chariot. 10 p.m. Sat., Dec. 12. Bloomfield Bridge Tavern, 4412 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. $5. 412-682-8611.

The Atomic Drops with Joe Buck Yourself and Rustbelt Homewreckers. 8 p.m. Sun., Dec. 13. Smiling Moose, 1306 E. Carson St., South Side. $8. 412-431-4668 or www.smiling-moose.com

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