If you've heard Call Me Lightning, you might think their name is a reference to their drumming, which is about as thunderous as it gets. In actuality, it's a nod to a song of the same name by English rock gods the Who. On their newest album, the Milwaukee trio channel Pete Townshend and company in a garagey post-punk style, nodding at a few other heavy hitters along the way.
The band rock out - way out - on "Bronze Hell" and album opener "Called to the Throne," both of which might fit into the Who's late-'60s discography if it weren't for the awesome, angular guitar work. Slow burner "The Fog" sounds more like the Kinks at the start, before unleashing a Television-style guitar solo around the four-minute mark.
However, the title track shows the band at their most comfortable: somewhere between the Who's melodies and the Jesus Lizard's bass-laden instrumental onslaught, with a little Lungfish swimming in the ether.