TITLE: Arkansas Heat
YEAR RELEASED: 2002
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Prolly not.
LINEUP: Beth Ditto, Brace Paine, Kathy Mendonca
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: An EP that moves the band from total noisy clatter to a more polished outfit.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The six songs on this EP are a bit of a transition for the band. Brace Paine can still raise a ruckus with his guitar, and Kathy Mendonca’s drumming isn’t exactly subtle, but the songs are coming through nice and clear now.
Beth Ditto’s vocals demand to be heard above the grind – they’re compelling and powerful. The only flaw is the final track – at over 10 minutes it starts slowly and outlasts its welcome. But the first five are good enough for any fan of garage rock fun.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Brace Paine was still known as Nathan Howdeshell at this time.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B: Good tracks, but the last cut brings it down.