One Percent Press / Ice Age / Cat Dead Details Later / Shitty Present (2017)
It seems a little weird to me that I'd never heard of Spit-Take prior to this record being sent in for review. It seems like they're the sort of band I would have stumbled across in some capacity, but it wasn't meant to be for whatever reason. All I can say is that I am glad this was sent in. I might never have heard it otherwise.
Spit-Take hail from Connecticut and they released eleven of the songs on this LP as a cassette back in 2016. Four other tracks were originally released as a 7". Luckily a handful of labels stepped in and let it be known that these songs deserved more than a cassette and a fifteen song LP was born. Spit-Take seem to be pretty obviously influenced by Superchunk, structuring their songs into hooky little gems. While they don't quite capture the same type of energy on these recordings as Superchunk does (hey, let's be honest, few bands do), Frog Rock has moments where it truly shines.
Songs like "Something Sometimes," "Gloom" and "The Natural Facts" showcase the very best of Spit-Take. They also are some of the faster songs on the album, which is where I think the band really shines. More than anything I feel like this is a band who have a ton of potential. Let's remember, the bulk of these songs are almost two years old. I bet Spit-Take already has a batch of newer songs ready to blow these tunes out of the water. I can't wait to see what they do next.
Spit-Take - Frog Rock: