Dirty Snuggies (2010)
This is yet another record that I picked up record shopping in Tokyo that I haven't written about until now. I am actually almost caught up with these finally, though I do have a new pile of records coming in from mailorder from Waterslide, so there won't be any shortage of records for me to write about any time soon.
Browntrout is a band that I discovered back in 2007 when their first CD came out on Anti-New Waves. That was a label that I was really trying to keep track of at the time, but it was more difficult than keeping up with Snuffy Smile; who at least had a loyal, if small, US following. I was immediately taken with Browntrout's dynamic guitar attack and did the best job I could acquiring their other records. As it turns out, I hadn't done a great job as I discovered an entire new LP in the last couple of years. This 7" also eluded me until stumbling across it in Tokyo.
I can happily report that this 7" is just as great as everything else I've heard by Browntrout. Everything is fast and tight, with the guitar attack coming in at a million miles an hour, but never veering off into anything hardcore or sloppy. Razor sharp hooks and the kind of choruses that I just go crazy for. In particular, "My Pest Old Moon" stands out as maybe one of the band's very best songs. I think at this point I have everything released by Browntrout aside from their very first CDEP. Hopefully I'll be able to track that one down someday.
I couldn't find these songs online anywhere, but trust me - they're great.