This was a record I picked up while in Tokyo. Actually, I mistakenly bought it twice, so I have two copies of it. This was a Record Store Day 2016 release, so I guess in Japan, like in America, a lot of Record Store Day releases end up being around long past the original release date.
The Practice was a band that put out a few 7"s on Snuffy Smiles many years ago. I loved those 7"s, but then the band kind of fell off my radar. I know they put out a few CDs that I never was able to pick up, but those Snuffy Smiles 7"s were pretty much all I have heard. The four songs on this 7" are, in general, pretty good, but they feel a lot cleaner and not as immediately attention grabbing as those earlier 7"s I have.
The 7" starts off with "Yuck Fou," A song that is big and anthemic and sure does have a lot of swearing in it. It's the very definition of a fist pumper and even though the guitars are jangly and somewhat in the background of the mix, you can definitely feel the energy. "(Super Dirty) Old Town" has a bouncy bass line and is pretty organ heavy you can hear The Clash for sure, but the chorus reminds me of Snuff a bit.
"Another Measure" is the slowest of the bunch with a borderline reggae style drum beat. It's not my favorite of the four. "Tragedy" closes the 7" and is my favorite this batch of songs. With a driving rhythm section and a really catchy chorus, it's the the most straightforward song on the 7" and I think, the best. While I don't think this 7" as a whole is as good as the other Practice records I have, these are still solid songs that I dig. I'm not sure I need two copies of it, but I'm happy to hang on to one of them.
The Practice - "Yuck Fou" (I could only find a live version on YouTube):