I didn't want to touch this thing. Hell, I hoped nobody would even see me with — much less hear me listening to — a CD called Screw, Nut & Bolt by a band known as Snatch Magnet. Even The Onion considers that one of the 10 worst band names ever.
Fortunately, this seven-song, 36-minute debut isn't as bad as its title. Although it's not sleaze rock, these Hollywood-bred guys do seem to take themselves less seriously than their music suggests. In fact, there exists a depth of songwriting here that you probably won't expect. It's catchy and deliriously listenable, smart and, um, deliciously tight.
Arena-rock elements of Cheap Trick, Black Sabbath and dare I say Zebra can be heard, while "Call of the Maiden" emulates — who else? — Iron Maiden and is the album's heaviest song. And the opening of "Multi-Girl" sounds like U2, circa The Joshua Tree, before launching into a timeless melodic, sing-along song. Are these really the same guys who pose for promotional photos in a men's-room stall?
I can't believe I'm actually going to type these next words, but today's American rock scene needs more music by Snatch Magnet. It also needs this band to change its name.
1) The Widow
3) Call of the Maiden
4) The One
6) You Will Be Mine