The Distraction grew on me slowly, but I’m glad I stuck with it. I disliked it in the beginning. At first, they sound like a slowed down Stitches, with a mumbly voiced lead singer fronting mid-tempo, repetitive songs. Also, like the Stitches, they’re sneaky riff snatchers. They lift nice bits of The Clash and Buzzcocks, but have a real good feel on how to tuck them into their own compositions. But the more I listened, the better the songs started to sound. They’re just like fresh snot on glass. They’re nasty and boogery but the sound’s clean and you can see every detail. This may seem off topic, but The Distraction does to true early punk what a lot of hip hop artists did with R and B tracks. Instead of doing direct samples, this OC crew take the best feel, motion, and groove of bands like the Boys and the Weirdos (without Doors covers, thank you very much) and join them in clever, finger snapping ways. So, when I stopped wanting them to play faster and enjoyed being locked into their groove, what was once repetitive became a solid slab of stagger and swagger. Another thing I realized is that although none of the songs sound like smash fuckin’ hit singles, the album as a whole works very well. The 7″ has one song that’s on the album, “Transmission Ignition,” and a track, “Nothin’ to Me,” that’s worth doin’ a little vinyl huntin’ for. Thumbs up.
–todd (Dirtnap – CD, Pelado – 7″)