Thursday, April 29, 2021

Enchanters "Torture Chamber" b/w "Backstabbers"

(Transistor 66, 2021) First off let's get this out of the way: this definitely sounds like the name of a vocal group...because it is! The 70s sweet soul Enchanters from Chicago are pretty obscure, but I sure know them. The Philly group called the Enchanters are more well known because of Garnet Mimms (who continued to use them on his hits when he went solo). There's a white Los Angeles doo wop Enchanters, and even a ska Enchanters from Jamaica (mostly instrumental with some harmony vocals). But most important in this case, there was a relatively active Detroit 50s doo wop Enchanters, and that's basically Canada. So a Canadian garage rock band forming in the 2020s shoulda known this name was not fresh. But neither is pounding, wailing guitar rock 'n' roll with gorilla grunts and awesome Tales from the Crypt sleeve art. They are not trying to reinvent the wheel, they are trying to do donuts on bald tires! Craig from the great Leather Uppers provides hot (non-doo wop) vox and familiar rockin' riffs, and this single is anything but torture...unless you are are Lame-O who thinks an abused fretboard is as bad as a waterboard. You Lame-O! 

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