The first thing that impressed me about this record was that the packaging is hand screen printed. It’s always nice when bands are willing to put some time into creating something special. As a result of this, my copy is apparently one of only 50.
First up of the two band is SSSSnakes. Due to the low quality of the recording, I would usually dismiss a band like this as unlistenable pretty quickly but I’m glad I didn’t. It’s truly lo-fi but in a way that is reminiscent of bands like Minor Threat and early Descendants. It’s pop punk with dashes of surf, older hardcore punk and rock’n'roll. Opener Don’t Tread On Us is the best SSSSnakes offer up on this release, proclaiming “Don’t tread on us, We’re the snakes! Don’t tread on us, you’ll get hurt!”. The guitar sound did begin to great a little by track four which happened to be their last!
Up next is Bangers. I had the pleasure of catching Bangers play live recently. I have to say that for me they are one of the best UK punk bands around at the moment. They play late 90’s pop punk with ridiculously catchy hooks and gruff vocals. Their first track on the split Excuses Be Damned is a fine example of what they are capable of, infectiously catchy throughout. Next up I’d Make A Lousy Heroin Salesman lacks the riffage of the the previous track but still delivers none the less.
Then the CD comes to an end! What the hell! Bangers have only contributed two tracks to this 6 track split. This was a total disappointment. They pulled me in, made me beg for more and left me hanging. Ironically some on the last lyrics sung are ‘Always catch your buyer hungry, and always make him wait‘. According to their myspace Bangers are soon to release a split with the awesome Break The Habit from Brighton. Hopefully this will seriously quench the thirst for some pop punk tunes.