100 FLOWERS: Self-titled: LP

Jul 24, 2013

Seminal punk minimalists The Urinals’ sound matured slightly after their third seven inch. Around this time, the band changed their name to 100 Flowers. While The Urinals contribution to punk history has been solidified in recent years, the 100 Flowers era has languished in obscurity. This recent reissue of their only full-length is very welcome. The fifteen songs on this album are happy blasts of undistorted guitar and high energy drumming. The songs are slightly more involved than typical Urinals’ fare, but maintain the intelligent lyrics and dry sound. The material has also been sort of hard to come by in recent years. The CD compilation 100 Years of Pulchritude contains their entire output but has been out of print for a long time. I’m gonna do that record store thing and tell you that their harder to locate appearances on classic comps such as Keats Rides a Harley and Hell Comes to Your House contain punker offerings and are essential listening, so you should seek them out. But this album contains some essential California punk that should not be missed. If “Ride the Wild” is one of your favorite Descendents songs, then this album is for you. Now do the right thing and look up the word “pulchritude.” If you’re not careful, you might learn something.

 –Billups Allen (Superior Viaduct)