Michelle Kleinsak
May 21, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

There’s no danger of this New Zealand rap-rock quintet taking itself too seriously. On their giddy debut — a schizo blend of vintage AC/DC riffs, bratty early-Beasties humor, and Weezerish harmonies — the cheeky Kiwis praise the mullet (”White Trash”) and fight for the right to be husky (”Fat & Proud”). While nothing else is as garage-rock cool as the hyperactive single ”Walkie Talkie Man,” the album is still a refreshing schmack upside the head of an often overwrought genre.

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