Fixing A Hole (2017)
I'm going to give a little marketing tip for any bands that specifically want to target me. If you name your band after a song by Broccoli, that's a one hundred percent guarantee that I will listen to your album. Now, if your band happens to be as flat out amazing as Short Straw Fate is, you can safely assume that I'm going to be listening to your album all the damn time.
Not only are Short Straw Fate named after a Broccoli song, but they happen to be named after one of my favorite Broccoli songs. They also very obviously take influences from Broccoli as well as many other bands that I know and love. Whether they are drawing from the octaves and melodic punk of the 1990's UK scene like Hooton 3 Car and Reverse or the fast paced, breakneck hooks of their own world of Japanese punk rock pioneered by bands like Snatcher or Blew, Short Straw Fate just delivers perfect hit after perfect hit on their debut album.
Now, I will say that I'm not as into the two really short and fast hardcore songs. They sound a little jokey to me, and I would have happily replaced them with another smash pop hit. That minor criticism aside, For the Heroes in My Record Rack is hands down one of the very best records I've heard all year. It's could be the best punk rock album I've listened to in 2017. If you are going to tailor make a band that combines all the best elements of bands I want to listen to, you're not going to get much better than Short Straw Fate. I love this record.
Short Straw Fate - For the Heroes in My Record Rack: