All In Vinyl (2013)
More singles club action from All In Vinyl, the last label standing with a good singles club worth subscribing to. Step it up, other labels. This 7" is a prime example of why I like singles clubs so much, it's giving me the chance to listen to two bands that I've never even heard of before, chosen by a label whose taste in music I trust. Even though I'll admit that I don't love either of these bands, they're still both pretty good and I might not have ever listened to them if not for the club.
I'll start off with Dead Bars. They're from Seattle and as soon as I heard them I though that they sounded like the kind of band that would fit in on No Idea records. Then I found out they already have a 7" on No Idea so I guess I was right about that. They have something of a Dear Landlord vibe to them with lots of fast guitar rhythms and some catchy choruses. The vocals are a little too crackly and shouty for my person taste, but it's pretty alright.
On the other side we have The Kimberly Steaks. They hail from Glasgow and are playing a much different kind of punk rock than Dead Bars. They are also rooted in fast guitars and hooks, but they remind me much more of bands like Fear Of Lipstick, a little more Ramones and a little less gruffness in the vocals. Both songs just go whizzing by pretty fast, but they're catchy and a fun listen. Neither band is the reason I signed up for the singles club, but both remind me why I like to sign up for clubs like this.
Dead Bars / The Kimberly Steaks - Split 7":