Snuffy Smiles (2013)
It only happens a couple of times a year, but almost nothing makes me happier than when I find out there's a new release on Snuffy Smiles records. Hands down, the best label in the world and they've been cranking out records for over 20 years. Their latest is a 3 way split 7" with each band putting in 2 songs.
First up is perennial favorites Your Pest Band. Their first contribution is a fast punky song called "Foolish Decade.". The vocals are a little echo-y as far as production goes, but it's more like their earlier releases than it is like the more bluesy songs on their last 10". The 2nd song "Something In My Head" is even better. Hyper fast, catchy and awesome. Kind of reminds me of car chase music with a hint of Rocket From the Crypt in the chorus. Just a great band.
Next is Car10. The first of their songs "Get Drunk" is a mid tempo, but catchy song. It has some weird, production on the vocals, like the singer is underwater, but it's got a good call and response chorus. The B side, "Falling Night," is kind of slow, short and unmemorable. Neither song is bad, but they're not as strong as the other bands on this record.
Finally there's Dog Hotel. Their first entry "Everything Is A Joke" sounds weirdly similar to Car10 as the song starts, kind of mid tempo 60's rock. But it has stronger vocals than Car10. 2nd song "My Race" is a bit more powerful with big crunchy guitars. It's has a fast bang-bang-bang guitar driven verse that kind of drifts into a chorus that reminds me of boozy karaoke. All in all another pretty strong 7" in the illustrious Snuffy Smiles catalog. May they continue for 20 more years.