by Robert Bell
Tsar Bomba might be named after the Soviet Union's most devastating hydrogen bomb, but the band's vibe is closer to a string of ladyfingers tossed into the back of a mall cop's patrol cart than thermonuclear annihilation. Tsar Bomba channels the jingle jangle spirit of San Francisco circa now. Think The Mantles, Thee Oh Sees, The Fresh and Onlys and the like. With their falsettos and clean guitar tones, some of the band's songs remind me of "Turtle Soup," the excellent, Ray Davies-produced final Turtles album from 1969. Check out "White Collar Butcher" below, or more songs over here.