Snuffy Smiles (2016)
As I got ready to review this split 7", I had to look it up on Discogs to double check the year it was released. I cannot believe this is from 2016. I definitely haven't been sitting on this for two years, so maybe it was out in Japan for a while before I managed to pick up a copy. It's not like me to be so behind on writing about a Snuffy Smiles record.
The Invisible Teardrops seem like an odd fit for a Snuffy Smiles release. They have sound that reminds me a bit of Sedatives, in no small part due to the extremely prominent use of organ. There's lots of good downstroked guitar chords that I like, but I'm not really into the reverb drenched, echo-y vocals. Perhaps I was expecting something with a bit more pop punk behind it.
Winstons also aren't the sort of band I would typically associate with Snuffy Smiles. With their jangly guitars and soul-style delivery, it's totally out of left field. I like this a lot more than the Invisible Teardrops side as it has a vaguely Stax-esque flavor to it and I do dig that sound a lot. It's just not the sort of release I'd expect from my favorite punk rock label of all time.