BIG SHANKS: Big Feelin’: 7″

Considering the third-rate record sleeve, I had no expectations for this record. Put it on… not bad. Black Flag-inspired ferocity captured on a pristine version of an Electric Eels-style production. This is sort of what Black Time is doing right now, only not as good… less dynamics and nowhere near as erudite as (Black Time’s) Lemmy Caution—who probably uses Rocket From The Tombs acetates as dust pans to clean his house. Big Shanks revel in that amateurish stuff, but ineptitude as an affected style is hard to make interesting. I mean, only Duchamp elected great readymades.

 –ryan (Boom Chick, www.boomchickrecords.com)