We thought Keys to the Streets of Fear, the seven-month-old sludge-garage "rhythm-n-noise" operation responsible for The System, were kidding about their obsession with Dior Homme créateur de mode Hedi Slimane. We assumed they were joking about the haute-couture clothing line (scroll), figuring it was either some inverted commentary on art versus rock-as-merch commodity or a publicity-savvy way of duping trend fashionistas into buying their bilingual vinyl single. But after one Peebeeah-soaked night spent loitering in a Newbury Street alley with three of the four Keys, we discovered that these savage rawk punkers believe in style. They believe that "T-shirts on stage are bullshit." They believe in sharp neckties, collared shirts, and cleanly cultivated sideburns. And yes, they believe in Hedi Slimane.
But they also believe in O.G. Jonathan Richman. "I don't love the USA that much, except when it produces romantichitects of the future like the Modern Lovers," e-mails KttSoF two-string guitarist/master soundman Elio DeLuca. And since the Streets of Fear are playing tonight at O’Briens with Ghostwriter + Black Clouds, we bring you an MP3 exclusive of the Streets of Fear covering the Modern Lovers. Here is DeLuca's Robitussen-school-of-rock-write preview of the following track: “The song is a terse, hot blast of USA-bent Schlitzphetamine-fueled anti-nursing-school modern-sonic face-fucking.” Add some commas and sign us up.
LISTEN: Keys to the Streets of Fear, “Modern World”