The very first time I heard Audit In Progress, I was actually in bed recovering from a surgery. The record was sent to me in advance of the release date because I was helping out with the radio promotion. I just remember lying there and being blown away by the absolute ferocity of the first five tracks. Hot Snakes have obviously always been a loud and aggressive band, but this sounded crazy to me. The addition of Mario on drums really ratcheted things up a bit and from "Braintrust" to "Think About Carbs" there isn't a second to catch your breath.
From there, things cool off a bit and the title track is a crushing, medium tempo number that again is one of my top ever Hot Snakes tracks. That being said when side B kicks off with "Hatchet Job," right there you are listening to my very favorite Hot Snakes song of all time. The way Rick's jangly leads play off of John's pounding downstrokes is just magical. I love that goddamn song.
The rest of side B is also excellent closing with the somewhat incongruent "Plenty For All." It's poppy and upbeat in a way that's not super common for a Hot Snakes song, but at the same time is a perfect way to wrap up the album and really couldn't have been pulled off by any other band.
This Sub Pop reissue doesn't sound too dissimilar from the original version to my ears. It's on pink vinyl, though I do understand why it's not on red vinyl since the original pressing on Swami was on that color. Like with the other reissues, it doesn't make sense to me that you wouldn't already have this if you're reading my dumb website, but if you don't you should go buy it right now. I'll wait.
Hot Snakes - Audit In Progress: