Hostile Omish 

As the World Churns (Jib Machine)

Like the pseudo-Amish ECW wrestler Roadkill, Hostile Omish have a questionable gimmick, but the Cleveland alt-rock quartet will wear you down, even if they have to rise before dawn and work at it all day.

As the World Churns unloads a barrage of borderline-funny gags that run the gamut from simplistic to juvenile. "Subway (the Parody)" tells the story of ordering a sub. Along the way, it makes a detour through Cake's "The Distance" and on to the chorus: "He's making a sandwich/He's going for cheese." It's a groaner, but it's the best sammitch-shop jam you'll hear this year.

As for the anti-weed number "Prick" -- it contains some winning social commentary: "You think you're pretty hot/We all know you're not . . . You're nothing but a prick." If the disc doesn't make you snort at least once, you are some kind of prick.

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