Anti-New Waves (2003)
Blotto was one of those quintessentially great Snuffy Smile bands. Over the course of a few years they cranked out a slew of wonderful 7"s and later compiled them all onto an LP. For whatever reason the songs on this EP, their first release, weren't included on that compilation. So thanks to record shopping in Tokyo, I was able to get two new Blotto songs into my collection.
Blotto always had a place in my heart as the boozier, Japanese cousins of Dillinger Four. Blotto was a little rougher around the edges, but could pack a shout along chorus into any song. Their wizardry with these hooks always impressed me as sometimes it would seem that they were starting to slip down a path that would lead to some shouty hardcore, but they'd always save the song last minute and keep things nice and catchy.
The two songs on this CD are early example of their songwriting prowess. "Action" starts off as a mid tempo rocker with all the right singalong moments you'd expect, until the drums kick in at a thousand miles an hour and the songs just blazes through from there. "Otherwise" is a more straight forward tempo-wise. It has all the makings of a classic pub sing along with gruff choruses and chunky palm mutes. Two great songs by one of the best Japanese bands that was putting out records in the mid 2000's. I wish they were still putting out records.