Brassneck / JSNTGM / Lost Cat / Pumpkin / Antikörper Export (2013)
I reviewed the Holiday LP last year and dug it quite a bit. Scott from Brassneck happened to ask me about their 1st 7" as he had stumbled across his last remaining copy. I didn't have it and I also don't think I knew that it existed, which seemed odd to me. So, I let Scott know I needed a copy and here we are. It still seems a little weird that I didn't already have this, especially as it's the first Brassneck release, but admittedly I have definitely noticed it gets harder to keep track of this sort of thing as I get older. There's only so much record collecting information you can cram into your head. I think this is one of the reasons I can never remember anyone's name, there's just no room left in my brain.
This Holiday 7" is great, though it is a bit different from last year's LP. All the way back in 2013, Holiday didn't have quite as much of a Mega City Four or Senseless Things feeling. They sounded a bit more straight up melodic pop punk. The Goober Patrol vibes that I felt on the full length are more front and center on these songs, which in some ways I like even better. You're never going to upset me when you're channeling UK punk rock like Snuff or the Goobers. I'll always get behind the big guitar sounds and pounding rhythm section.
In a lot of ways, Holiday matured a lot and became better song writers by the time they got to the LP, but there's something refreshing and undeniably enjoyable about the four raucous songs on this 7". Even the one song that ended up on the LP as well, "Lunch Break," sounds a lot rougher around the edges. I'm not sure which is better as they both scratch different itches, but I like having the different options.
Holiday - Missiles On The Roof 7"