Easy Action

Friday, January 18, at the Grog Shop.

The Funky Daddy Tour, featuring Fishbone, Top Dog, the Howling Diablos, and the Brothers' Groove Peabody's, 2083 East 21st Street Wednesday, January 23

$15

216-241-5555

When Easy Action smears hate and bourbon all over Roxy Music's "If There Is Something" on its snaggletoothed self-titled debut, it's akin to the painting of a mustached Mona Lisa: a complete debasing of something that was once beautiful. Kind of like Fabolous and the Cure, Easy Action belies its name, as there's nothing simple or painless about these racket-lusting Midwesterners. Fronted by John Brannon, who came to fame -- relatively speaking -- by helming the underappreciated Laughing Hyenas, Easy Action picks up right where that band left off, further submerging damaged, tone-deaf blues rock in blood, sweat, and beers.

Now, the art of making noise has long since been perfected -- see the Merzbox if y'all have any questions -- and Easy Action isn't out to one-up anybody in the "Is that a song or an aircraft at takeoff?" sweepstakes. Instead, these boys are out to shake hips as much as curl lips by melding their menace with a real knack for memorable, hook-laden songs. The results are best described in one way: pretty ugly.

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