Fixing A Hole (2017)
Going to Japan last year was more than just a great trip, it also stoked the fire I have for the Japanese punk rock scene. Over the last few years I had been trying to pay more attention to things over there, but since that trip all I want to do is buy more Japanese records. Luckily, Kazu from Waterslide records has been there to help me find some things I've been looking for and also to recommend some bands that I might have missed on my own. Kenny Baker was one of his picks for me last year and I am so thankful I listened to him and bought a copy of this CD.
Out of There, Out of Time is practically a perfect melodic punk rock record. Kenny Baker channels the sort of melodies and hooks that you'd hear from Doughboys or perhaps the more upbeat moments of Senseless Things, but they enchance these hooks with the sort of vigor and energy you'd expect from a band like Samiam or Blew. Kenny Baker has managed to take some of my favorite sounds of the 90s and put their own stamp on it, creating ten absolutely fantastic songs.
If it's not obvious, I love this album. I only wish I had gotten it last year when it came out so I could have put it on my list of the best records that came out in 2017. There's no way Out of There, Out of Time wouldn't have at least been in the top five of the year. It's one of the best records I've heard in a while. Now I just have to try to find their other EPs that came out back in the 90s and hope they are already working on a new record. Seriously, this is the best.
Kenny Baker - "Heavy Moon" (I can't find anything streaming, but Fixing A Hole has an MP3 of this song up):
Kenny Baker - "I Just Want To Say Something To You" (Also an MP3):