CLOSET FARIES, THE: No Idea LP: LP

This record was six years in the making. Sadly in that time, The Closet Fairies are no more. Originally, the plan was to release this on No Idea (hence the album name), and for whatever reason it got held up, but it thankfully got picked up as a joint release between Recess and Stupid Bag. The Closet Fairies have reigned in that lo-fi garage punk sound with blown-out, sloppy melodies. It harkens back to memories of basement shows with wild pits and cheap beer spraying from all angles. Most of the songs are around two minutes long, jam packed with snotty fury, which means twelve of the thirteen tracks all fit on the A side. My favorites are “Whale Tattoo” and “Wet Brain,” which features some kazoo solos. Side B is a whole bunch of whining! It’s a seemingly endless loop of “Wah, wah, wah, wah,” with some droney tunes behind it. And I really love the album art. It makes me think of the classic record covers from Pinhead Gunpowder and Crimpshrine. Come back Closet Fairies! This rules! 

 –Kayla Greet (Recess, recessrecords.com / Stupid Bag, stupidbagrecords.com)