Snuffy Smiles (2015)
I've said it before and I'll say it every time I have the chance to write about something that comes out on this record label. It's still a thrill all these years later to get a new Snuffy Smiles record in the mail. They've been my favorite label for quite some time and you can just always count on them. I feel like it's been a while since they had released a new full length CD, though I suppose they may have put out a CD version of some of the recent vinyl full lengths that they have co-released with various other labels these past few years.
Coming off the heels of a pretty killer 7", I had high hopes for Sanhose this time out. For the most part my hopes were met and surpassed. They are a quintessential 90's Snuffy Smile band with fast paced punk songs with poppy choruses. Sanhose are at their most effective when they slow things down just a hair as some of the songs are just so damn fast they whiz right by. But when the tempo is dialed down from insane to merely breakneck, this record is a lot of fun.
I'm reminded a lot of the faster moments of The Urchin with a hint of Cigaretteman, particularly when the female backing vocals kick in here and there. As a Snuffy Smiles release goes, it's pretty much right where it needs to be.
The one thing that bothers me is the matrix number. It is Smile 58 - which is fine, that's how all of the CDs are numbered. However there's apparently a cassette version of this that uses the SNUFF- matrix code, the numbering typically used for the 7"s that Snuffy Smiles releases. So now my complete Snuffy Smiles 7" collection has a missing matrix number for a cassette that I can't find. If you've got the heads up on where I can snag one of those, please let me know.