Debauch Mood (2016)
Even I am surprised that we're in mid August and I still have records that I haven't reviewed from my Japan trip in December. I actually still have quite a few that I haven't gotten to yet. I probably would be closer to done if I had reviewed nothing but those records before moving on to other things, but that didn't make sense to me to do. I can think of worse things than having kick ass Japanese records to write about all year long.
Speaking of kicking ass, Votzco does a quite a bit of that on this two song 7" of theirs. They are drawing from the great tradition of Japanese bands playing super energetic and catchy punk rock. It's something that I probably mention a bit too much, but they are the kind of band that I think would fit right in with any of your Snuffy Smile records from the mid 90's. A little more shouting than Blew, but maybe a bit catchier at least on these two songs.
"Run Away" jumps right in with its big guitars blasting over a thundering rhythm section. Fast tempo and great vocals make this the highlight for me. That's not to take anything away from the B side "Gills Besson." It's a little bit slower (but not too much) and takes a slightly more melodic approach, but it still brimming with hooks and dynamic guitar work. This is a great, great band and I really need to hear more from them. I don't think they have anything else out just yet, but if I'm wrong and someone has more records by them, please let me know so I can buy them.
Votzco - "Run Away":