The Double Feature Creatures reviews
File under Incredibly Weird Garage Music. Up in the mid 90's The Double Feature Creatures, a deranged and totally obscure/underrated combo hailing from Hamilton, Canada shocked local audiences with their unique blend of distorted fuzzy guitars,(deliciously outta tune) vocals and basic riffs with a taste of garage punk combos of the 60's. Add enough crazy psychness, stomping drums and screams and you nearly get an idea what we're talking about. BEWARE this is sick, in a positive way, ehehehe. Forget the Pandoras and the Brood clean retro garage thang, this is a wild buncha teen gals with one outta site guy thrown in going crazy all the way, and we dare you to drink their homemade cup of Double Feature Creature Tea!
– Massimo del Pozzo - Misty Lane Records, Misty Lane Magazine - Rome Italy
(December 2005, for the Teen Sound release of RETURN!)
In the mid 90's with just a 7 inch (getting rare now!), and lotsa unreleased stuff under their belts, The Double Feature Creatures hailing from Toronto, Canada, put out an insane disc full of pretty weird garage-punk and psychedelia, chaotic in some point...fueled with fuzzzy-distorted guitars, stomping drums and screams!! Some absolute psych-multicolored-pop insane tracks such as "T.V. Isis Odyssey", "Superstars", "Feline Fandango", "Jeloh", "Slowing Up and Speeding Down", "In The Basement", "Sourdough", "Right On Hot Pants", "Subconscious Superhero" is the ticket... Powered by a craziness rhythm section. A bunch of gals and Gaven Dianda on drums, and file under incredibly-weird-garage-dimentia-music! The ticket for your next trip to LSD-Land is here!
– Spiros Pelekis - Rumble Skunk Magazine, Greece, Issue 2, 2007
“The thing that sets The Double Feature Creatures apart from your average '60's inspired garage band is the full sound. Each of the five members makes an important contribution from every little organ moan to each guitar note. The go-man-go drumming (from the group's only male) is solidly wild, and the thumping bass is essential to the eerie sound. In the Basement is a haunting tale, complete with screams and monster noises. Great song. SLowing Up and Speeding Down, is a chaotic ride, hitting both ends of the speed spectrum along the way. You know the movie they were stranded at (creepily depicted on the great cover art) had to have been a horror flick.”
– Scott Ingram - Exclaim! Magazine, November, 1996
Like all those born out of due time, The Double Feature Creatures just did not fit into the mid-90's southern Ontario rock scene. In a world gone flannel mad, the DFC's must have looked like aliens. With hats constructed from lamp shades, silver face paint, and a papier-mache Saturn circling around at least one of the members heads, it certainly would've been a reasonable assumption for the casual observer. Granted, the group's sound was based on the most primal and primordial garage-rock impulses, but it aspired to celestial things. They were troglodytes in training for NASA, cave girls on a Sputnik joy ride, or better yet - Betty & Wilma jamming with Judy Jetson.
– Spin Turlock, Man of the World (aka Bruce Mowatt, The Mole), former writer for the Toronto Sun and Hamilton Spectator, 2005
You know how sometimes it's the bands who never make giant steps for mankind, who never sell millions of records and who never achieve much success outside of their local scene that are the most interesting, enticing and fun? They're great to know aren't they? Hidden away in their own secret corner of the music world, waiting to be discovered by anyone who happens to pass by that way on their personal journey though life, not jumping around shouting "look at us!" or tailoring their sound to pander to the Zeitgeist or the wishes of hideous men in suits with their promises to make you a star.
The Double Feature Creatures are one such band. Formed in 1994 by Christine Leakey, they only existed for a couple of years with their output stretching no further than a couple of 7" singles and some compilation album appearances. Maybe Toronto wasn't crying out for an all-girl (following the departure of original drummer Gavin anyway) psych/garage band, or maybe they were just a little too out of step for the time. For years these rarities, along with unreleased material, remained difficult to track down until loose ends, oddities and obscurities (along with the official releases) were gathered together in 2005 as 'Return!' and given a limited edition CD run. Now, following the buzz generated by Christine's recent solo outing 'Tapping Trees In A Trinket Box Of Treasure', the compilation gets a much deserved reissue, again on CD, but this time digitally too.
Because the songs on 'Return!' were recorded in different locations, with different line-ups, at different times and some live, some studio, it doesn't flow as smoothly as a 'proper' album would. The idea seems to be as much about sweeping up whatever scraps were available to allow fans, new and old, access to the material they created in their brief lifespan. When looked at this way, this album is a fascinating glimpse back to a young, hungry and charismatic band who were making music for all the right reasons, and having a blast while they were at it. The sound quality may not always be outstanding, but the songs burn bright enough that their light is easily visible. The riffs are classic and simple, the instrumentation is wonderfully primal and makes tracks like 'Feline Fandango' feel so threadbare they could disintegrate at any given moment.
This is a triumph of ideas and enthusiasm over studio trickery and sterile perfectionism. 'Jeloh' and 'Charlie's Angels Superstars!' are held together through sheer willpower alone and are all the more infectious and joyous for it. The Cramps are a clear inspiration to songs such as 'In The Basement' with it's psychobilly leanings, and the grungy 'Sourdough' captures a raw live energy that many would have airbrushed away. When they veer closer to actual studio recordings the results are incredibly exciting. The 60s garage clatter of 'TV Isis Odyssey' is the whole concept of DIY rock 'n' roll ideals distilled into three minutes, and in 'Jursatomic' they're sitting on a true lost classic. 'Return!' is frayed, ragged and vibrant garage/punk/pop carried out with the kind of conviction that most can only dream of. The saying that it's the imperfections that make you beautiful might as well have been coined for this record, but the best way to sum up The Double Feature Creatures is in their own words - 'Right On, Hotpants!'
– Kev - The Sound of Confusion, UK, 2012
Great Canadian psychaedelic garage came from the freak wizards known as The Double Feature Creatures.
On stage they were a riot of colour and musical free-fall. They were Girl Power a la deep woods mystics and downtown grooviness. I had the supreme pleasure of designing a 7 inch cover for this Hammer gem!
– Fiona Smyth, Visual Artist, 2005
Bursting the bubble of pop music, The Double Feature Creatures mixed slinky with satire, lounge with loonity, shrieks with shindig and mellow with drama!
– Dan Zen, Inventor, Professor, 2005
The Double Feature Creatures are the kind of girls that would never ask for advice from a man with egg on his face!
– Mickey DeSadist - The Forgotten Rebels, 2005