A collection of releases all in one place and serves as a pretty good introduction to the band – starting off with a wail of feedback and off and running with Squeeze which is a pretty typical for the rest of the release – veering from mid-tempo to slightly fast mid-tempo bangers, none of the songs drag. I can understand why people like this band. For me there’s just something missing. I don’t know if it’s my dreaded nemesis, reverb drenched vocals, which I think in most cases are unnecessary, or at the least absolutely getting in the way of the vocals being heard and understood. Yeah, that’s some old man talking – in this case though I’ll make the point that I don’t have a clue what these songs are about without a lyric sheet -so I don’t know if a song titled Clown Farm is about a bunch of fuckups or people who were recently running distraction at the bull fights now rethinking their employment choices in life and moving on to sustainable agriculture. It could. Actually, I went and searched them out. They don’t help. Well, if the Internet is truthful. I don’t think it is always, but I’ll assume that if it is, I can understand why one might choose to drench them in reverb.
Here’s the thing though, even though some of these lyrics are abyssmal, a song like Ha Ha Ha can really hit the spot. And I do absolutely think that Ha Ha Ha, and Warm Milk, the song that immediately follows it are pretty damn good. Pulling modern hardcore like Sex Vid (the slower bits off of Communal Living), but working in a pretty keen Flipper slice of influence (who I suspect might’ve had an influence on both Sex Vid and Gag) – Gag take pounding the ever loving Christ out of a riff to a new art and while I’m not a fan of being obscure with lyrics, I don’t despise these (the ones that I could find on the internet). I’m left feeling pretty indifferent about them, as I’m sure they were left for my own interpretation in some cases, and I was shoved off to a vague direction in the other’s cases. That’s fine, but I prefer when someone says something clearly. Still I spent probably six or seven hours listening to this – which is more time that I probably needed to, and out of that I’ll be happy to chase down 40 Oz. Rule 7″ (on Warthog Speaks from 2013) which has the songs that resonated with me. Buy this, and find some songs that resonate with you. That’s what this is all about isn’t it?