CENTERHITS, THE: City Girl Friend: 7” EP

Five rockin’ punk blasts with male and female vocals. The Centerhits, a Japanese three piece, don’t let up with their poppy rockers. At first, I was kinda thinkin’ that they sounded like early Donnas, but more rockin’, more punk, and actually good (and have a male singer, too). Then I realized that nothing could make the Donnas this good, so I abandoned that thought. Could they be the Japanese Soviettes if they got another member? Yes, possibly. Their lyrics are about, well, it’s not always clear. I’m not sure that I can get my head around what, e.g., “She won’t know her head is banbanbeef” is supposed to convey; but, I do know that “Make you disco!” is meant to be a threat (as well it should be). Despite the indecipherability of some of their lyrics, this 7” is pretty damn good. I’m beginning to think that Snuffy Smiles should consider offering 7” subscriptions. Just about everything that comes from ‘em is pretty rad.

 –Vincent (Snuffy Smiles)