Monday, January 10, 2022

The Ar-Kaics - Live In The Shit Cassette


Big Neck (2021)

I'm going to start the new year off by trying to blast through a pile of tapes that have built up over here.  Big Neck records sent over a bunch of tapes featuring live sets by several bands.  I think I have eighth of them in total, so we'll start with this one by the Ar-Kaics.

I'm not familiar with the Ar-Kaics and I'm always a bit leery of hearing a band for the first time via a live album as live albums aren't usually my thing on the best of occasions.  That being said I was pleasantly surprised by how clear the recording is on this tape and how good the band sounds.  There's a bit more "oh yeah!" hollering going on than I typically would engage in if I were at a show.  But the Ar-Kaics have a stomping garage sound that makes me understand the desire to do some rock and roll shouting.

The set list is nine songs long and clocks in a bit under a half an hour, but there's no wasted moments here.  The band barrels from one song to the next, tighter than a very tight thing.  After listening to this tape, I'm pretty curious about what the band's studio records sound like.  I may need to take a moment on their Bandcamp page to poke around a bit.

The Ar-Kaics - Live In The Shit:

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