Friday, October 31, 2003
Well hello everybody.
To start this off I thought I'd post some write-ups on a bunch of singles and EPs I've bought recently.
The Barbs - massive crush EP (mother tongue)
This was pressed into my hand by a friend on a brief visit to HMV with the order "buy this!". I liked the cover art, and the second track's called 'Straight Outta Comix', so hey, why not. And my friend was right - it's an absolute blast. It's difficult to imagine what the first 40 seconds or so of the opening track could possibly do to more immediately win my favour - it starts with a muted guitar riff and a girl singing about killing her parents, stealing guitars and loading up the van, before exploding into bouncy surf-thrash-punk lunacy for the yell-along chorus.. great. The three tracks on here (total playing time about 7 minutes) continue in a similar vein of shouty boy/girl vocals and great big punky guitar hooks. It's all rather.. over-enthusiastic and, well, chirpy to the extent that I can imagine them getting a bit irritating after a while. But in small doses such as this - marvellous stuff!
Review by Ben at 7:23 pm
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