All In Vinyl (2018)
This split 7" finishes up the current All In Vinyl subscription series. It took a little longer to get everything out than previous volumes, but I sure could make an argument that it was their best series yet. To me it's been worth the wait, especially when closing out with a split this strong. This last 7" features a band I already know and love and another that I'm not particularly familiar with. To me, that's always the mark of a great split 7".
I've been listening to Needles//Pins since their first album 12:34. Watching their progression over the years has been nothing short of astounding. That first record sounds like a 33 1/3 LP played back at 45 in comparison to their more recent releases. This 7" is more akin to the band's recent album Good Night, Tomorrow. Both of the songs on this split feature gruff vocals over a mid tempo, but still very powerful base of melodic punk rock. The band really excels at this and their songs are significantly more dynamic than that first record.
Epic Problem is a band I'm not as familiar with for some reason, though for the life of me, I can't figure out why. Their name was super familiar and looking online I see that they put out records on Brassneck and Rad Girlfriend, so I really couldn't say how I don't have any of their other records. Honestly it makes no sense to the point where I went digging around in my 7" boxes to make sure I didn't have something hiding that I forgot about. No dice. Hopefully the songs on this 7" are as good a place to start as anywhere else. Both are the sort of UK working class punk rock that I think ultimately always spawns from Leatherface. Epic Problem are a bit more straightforward, perhaps owing more to the No Idea lineage of the sound. Both songs are top notch and a nice companion to the two Needles//Pins songs on the flip side.
Needles//Pins / Epic Problem - Split 7"