Give all the credit in the world to Waterslide records. I don't think I would have ever found this incredible band from Serbia called Shoplifters without them. I try really hard to stay up to date with new bands, but Waterslide is on a totally different level. Back to Shoplifters, this is one of those bands that I would best describe as playing exactly the kind of music I want to listen to.
To me, the most noticeable and easiest touchstones to compare them to would be Big Drill Car mixed with Snuff. Now, I have to throw in a slight caveat, as they remind me of early, primo, Snuffsaid/Reach era Snuff. The chaotic punky guitar blasts, the incredible breakdowns and the anthemic vocals that make you just want to jump around singing along. Add to that the melodic punch of Batch era Big Drill Car and this is an album I can really get behind.
The highlights are too many to list, I could say something about every song if I had the space, but just know that top to bottom, this is a killer record. If you are like me and have a difficult time giving up on the sounds of the 90's, Shoplifters will help stem the tide as we slip further into the twenty first century. I only wish I had heard this record last year as it would have assuredly been quite high on my end of the year album list. Go get it!
Shoplifters - Believe: