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Garage rock always has been an aggressive form of jealousy. Can't get the girl, make the team, make the grade? Then at least you can make some noise. Suburban kids in the late '60s got turned on, tuned in and plugged in, trying their best to be the Stones, the Kinks, the Beatles. And when you consider what those monumental groups accomplished, trying to be the Strokes may not be all that glamorous after all.

Enter The D4. From the minute the threshing guitars of "Rocknroll Motherfucker" leap from the speakers, they want you to know they're amphetamean. The Auckland, New Zealand group's frenetic full-length debut barrels headlong down the line, its destination one stop past countrymen the Scavengers and Aussies the Easybeats, Radio Birdman and AC/DC. 6Twenty hints at the Stones, MC5, Motorhead, Buzzcocks, even (oddly enough) Devo, while paying homage to Guitar Wolf and Johnny Thunders. The cock-sure riffs and lip-curling clap, the glam stomp and tight high-octane snap, recall any of a number of retro-modern rockers.

Really, it's not that 6Twenty is bad -- it's the timing. Had the D4 made it to these shores prior to -- or even in synch with -- the Hellacopters and Hives of the world, they'd be more than just another Mooney Suzuki. Still, they hammer it home with heart -- even if they're nothing to be jealous of.

The D4 plays the Echo Lounge Sat., Feb. 8.


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