Some of the best rock and roll ever made was meant to be a little rough around the edges. Even with bands that like to use the studio as an instrument, the root of all good rock and roll is making the loudest music you can create, as you try to push the limits of what you can do with a guitar. and an amplifier. The British invasion may have revived the rock scene, but true rockers began to tap into something more primitive.
Between the Rolling Stones and the incoming Animals, there were so many bands that were willing to get by playing the loudest music possible and finding something transcendent in the process.
While not all of them fall under the traditional garage rock umbrella, they all have the aesthetics of what you’d expect from the more ramshackle parts of the genre, whether it’s the no-frills attitude of the music or the raw power that you just get by hearing these musicians plug into amplifiers. The studio can be an open canvas for artists, but it can also slow you down if you’re not careful. Sometimes you just need the right band to rip your head off.
When you go back to the stone age of rock and roll, most bands were just doing what they could with the bare minimum. Even when you look at artists like Little Richard or Chuck Berry who paved the way for modern rock and roll, there isn’t really much going on in the majority of the mixes of those tracks. They still had the basics, the monks had next to nothing and still managed with a classic.
Because these guys were never really cut out to be rockstars. Formed after meeting in the military, they went ahead and searched for music in their spare time, and came out with something much more caustic than what people were used to in the years 60. Compared to the stuff that was coming out during the British Invasion era of pop music, it feels like the dirty Americanized version of it, like taking those Little Richard tunes the Beatles used to cover and making it sound even louder derailed.
Although there is a timestamp for this record in the 60s, the whole thing almost seems to border on punk music in its aesthetic, sounding like everyone is having fun in the studio and just seeing what comes out of it. The Ramones may have introduced the idea of punk to the world, but the true rebels of the rock scene began to get in touch with the dangerous side a few years earlier.