The ramshackle garage-informed psych pop of Hamburg-based outfit Sick Hyenas is probably exactly that kind of music you’d expect to emerge from the run-down dockside warehouses of Germany’s second city, while in fact a fresh and raw cut like “Weather of Death” with its jangly melody lines and muffled vocals all drowned in thick distortion is not only more or less unheard-of among the old port town, moreover I’m also inclined to deem it one of the rare examples of sunny and unabashed guitar pop from this country that is not outright ridiculous, but maybe that’s just me. The song is part of the altogether enjoyable, summery lo-fi routine The White Mofo Drug Smuggla Tape, a five-track EP that underscores the initial feeling that we should keep these guys in mind. Rumor has it that there’s a 7″ following soon as well.
The White Mofo Drug Smuggla Tape is out now in an edition of 20 and available at the band’s live shows. It may also be downloaded for free on Soundcloud
Written by Henning Lahmann