Brassneck / Boss Tuneage / Little Rocket / SBAM / Waterslide (2018)
I took way too long to buy this record. I knew it was going to be good based on prior EPs I had by Spoilers, but the full length came out at a time where I was a bit strapped for cash due to moving into my first home. The extra shipping was something that I felt I needed to push back for a bit. Once I was able to add a few more records to the package, I finally had Brassneck send this album over and after listening to it over the past few weeks, I'm even more annoyed that I waited so long. This absolutely should have been in my top albums of the year list, probably quite high too,
To me, Spoilers sound like if Snuff was fronted by Mark from Crocodile God. The vocals are melodic and of a higher pitch, but that is combined with an organ drenched punk rock sound that would have been right at home on Demmamussabebonk. Much like later era Snuff, I tend to prefer the mid tempo songs on Roundabouts the most like "The Same Again," "Skimming Stones" and "Collision Course." The latter of which has a vocal melody that reminds me of the Cat Stevens song "Father and Son." Though let's be serious, I don't really know the Cat Stevens version of the song very well, I'm much more familiar with the cover by Horace Goes Skiing.
I don't love the really fast songs as much. The ones with that galloping NOFX style drum beat sort of just blow by in a haze. But, I feel the same way about most Snuff songs like that as well, and they are one of my favorite bands of all time. Roundabouts is a killer record and Spoilers are very quickly becoming one of my current favorite UK bands. To top it all off, they're about to play some shows opening up for Guns N Wankers. I mentioned this on Twitter once, but I'll repeat it here, if anyone wants to give me a plane ticket to the UK for those shows, I'll be your best friend.
Spoilers - Roundabouts: