ARMITAGE SHANKS: Smash the Cistern!: 7”

May 10, 2007

These guys have been around for ages, so you know what they sound like, right? Well, I sure didn’t. I’ve seen their singles, albums, and shows advertised and listed in punk magazines, big city weeklies, and on the interweb, but this is the first time I’ve actually heard their music. Boy, do I feel like a dolt for coming to the Armitage Shanks party so late. If this 7” is any indicator of the quality of all their releases, I’ll have a great time collecting their back catalogue. Four songs played at 33 1/3 rpm, the best of which is “Buzzcocks Mug,” a tongue-in-cheek piss-take that’ll have you rolling on the floor with laughter. “Me and Your Granny on Bongos” sounds kinda arty, but is equally hilarious. Great mid-tempo punk rock that ain’t afraid to have a sense of humor. Go get it.

 –benke (Cock Energy)