''You can't put your arms around a memory,'' the late scuzz-guitar god Johnny Thunders once opined. Thankfully, though, some bands can -- and do -- embrace the chaotic rock & roll ethos that Thunders embodied with the New York Dolls and the Heartbreakers. Consider the Little Killers, a hopped-up New York City trio whose eponymous debut album on Crypt Records is a beautiful mess of rampaging riffs and addled attitude (you've gotta love a band whose idea of a romance lyric is ''Now let's make a mess outta your life and mine''). The Killers -- singer-guitarist Andy Maltz, bassist Sara Nelson, and drummer Kari Boden -- knock out 10 churning originals and a smokin' cover of the Rascals' ''Come On Up'' in just under 28 minutes. Already, grimy scenesters are starting to praise the Killers as the greatest development in cheap thrills since the introduction of 40-ounce bottles of malt liquor -- but don't let that stop you from checking them out.
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