All In Vinyl (2016)
Even if I had never heard of any band in the All In Vinyl singles series this year, I would have bought the entire series based purely off of this one 7". Sure, you could also just buy it separately, but in my mind, anyone smart enough to release a split like this probably has their act together and is going to provide more gems than just this.
We'll start off with The Creeps; another in a long line of great Canadian bands. They've taken a slightly darker view of popped out punk. Not as goofy haunted house as say The Hex Dispensers, but The Creeps have a gloomy vibe that comes through again on these two songs. I find it impossible to write about this band without saying how much I think the singer reminds me of the guy from that old UK band Reverse, but I say it as a complement. Reverse were great and so are The Creeps.
On the flip side are two new songs by The No Marks. Along with Chestnut Road, The No Marks are just about my favorite band playing the sort of melodic punk rock that was so tied to the mid nineties UK scene. If you want to try to describe a certain sound that I'm most drawn to as a music fan, this is pretty much it. Their side of the split offers two more outstanding songs. Catchy in all the right places with the sort of hooky choruses that I always go crazy for. Think the poppier side of Leatherface, Hooton 3 Car or the slower moments of Chopper. The No Marks are simply one of the best.
The Creeps / The No Marks - Split 7":