Kitschy Manitou (2017)
I received this Static Eyes 7" in a little pack of records sent to be reviewed by Kitschy Manitou. I was immediately drawn to the artwork and decided this would be my first spin. Unfortunately, the art ended up being my favorite part of this 7".
All three songs sound really dated. Not in a fun retro way and not in a way that makes it seem like the band is carrying a torch for days long gone. It just sounds old and out of touch. I'm sure there will always be a segment of people who like the sort of yell-y garage punk that Static Eyes is dishing out. You know, the fifty year old Maximum Rocknroll subscriber and the others who just can't give up on their leather jacket with 80's hardcore band patches.
More than anything it's the vocals that just don't do it for me. I need a little bit of melody, without I can't overlook the thud of the bass and the wild guitar that don't really go anywhere. Mostly, this just sounds like the sort of sloppy, angry punk that kids write in high school. I never went to those shows when I was in high school. The bands from my area sounded too much like this.
Static Eyes - The Thaw 7":