Sub Pop (2018)
This week, I'm going to go through each of the four split 7"s that Sub Pop released as part of their SPF30 singles spectacular. These 7"s were available at the Sub Pop 30th Anniversary show and then were later sold online. Last on the list is the split 7" between Mudhoney and Hot Snakes. This 7" is the reason I wanted these. I was very lucky as a friend in Seattle picked up a copy for me at the festival itself. At the time it was unclear if the records were going to be available elsewhere, so I just wanted to say than you Sir.
Mudhoney is a band that I don't think I've tried listening to in twenty five years. They were never really my thing and I always felt they had more noise than hooks. Their contribution is "One Bad Actor." They still seem to have a fair amount of lead guitar wanking and a sludgy, heavy sound that's probably not too dissimilar to what they were cranking out in the 90s. Chances are if you already like Mudhoney, you're going to like this. For me, it's just not a sound that's ever been close to my heart.
A band that is very close to my heart is Hot Snakes. They are one of my all time favorites and it's no surprise that I love this song as much as I do. "They Put You Up to This" ticks all of the boxes that I want to hear from Hot Snakes. It has a riff that is reminiscent of "Bye Nancy Boy" and it builds while the drums pound into a deceptively catchy crescendo. It's another in a proud line of mid tempo maulers from the Snakes and I couldn't love it any more if I tried. It's an essential addition to your Hot Snakes collection.