If the music on the first was more abrasive in nature, this one still has a bit of the harshness but with more of a distinct accessible edge. I wouldn’t call it quite pop, but then again, some of the best rock’n’roll were things that followed structure and the three songs here do that. If you like what Robert Wagner did on his debut EP, then you’ll probably want to take a listen to the last track on All The Girls Are Kissin’ called “Munchkinsong”, filled with nice guitar riffs, a trippy synth running through it, and a deep bassline that helps the song move along at a nice pace. He might hate it if I said that initially, the bassline reminded me of Queensryche’s “Jet City Woman”, but I’m not going to say that. In fact, forget I even mentioned it.
The two other songs on the EP definitely lean more on the accessible side, to where things are alterna- friendly and ready for radio (that is, if mainstream radio still played music like this). The title track sounds like the kind of song you might hear in a dive bar, a nice hard rock song where you might see a stripper dancing in 6’s (because she doesn’t know how to gyrate in 8’s). It could be sleazy bar rock, as it has the form to do so, but then again the song is sexual in nature so perhaps the swang feeling it gives off is deliberate. “Gonna Tell The World” revives the Social Distortion and Smithereens vibe I caught from the first EP, complete with a friendly background vocal that becomes an effective hook, at least for me.
Fantastic Disaster is all about making music without a worry for consequences, simple and to the point and in turn, part of the tradition that makes rock’n’roll what it is. The songs are all at the perfect length, easily consumable and ready to be played again if needed. I’m definitely curious at what Wagner will be offering the next time around.