The Oily Menace
All Out Folk Attack
My admitted Ani DiFranco fetish aside, when Michigan’s The Oily Menace told me they were chasing their Modulistic Terror demo cassette with a promotional EP of folk covers, let’s just say I was a trifle concerned. Needlessly, it turns out because four blitzkrieged folk classics and a Napalm Death cover (“The Kill”) blend seamlessly into a raging three minute survey of protest music throughout the ages. Right from Harry McClintock’s “Big Rock Candy Mountain” straight through Phil Ochs’ “What Are You Fighting For,” The Oily Menace grind out a twisted amalgam of Great Depression anxiety and 21st Century angst into a blistering cyclone of wailing, blasting frustration. For those of you who thought their prior demo lagged a tad in the energy department, All Out Folk Attack is crack rock of an EP. The bass is a lumbering Neanderthal that beats against the rivet gun drumming and velociraptor guitarmageddon.
To anyone familiar with the originals, everything but “The Kill” will be completely unrecognizable, but under The Oily Menace’s tender ministrations, it all becomes a seamless, completely engaging tour de force of a demo. If they can wrangle this kind of energy and spontaneity in the service of their next batch of original material, they will be a grindcore force to contend with. You can check out All Out Folk Attack here.