GLEAMGARDEN / BROWNTROUT: Split: 7”

Jul 24, 2008

Yes! How did I get so many good records for review this time around? I don’t know! But never mind that! Time for a basic lesson in logic. Take Premise A: Every record on Snuffy Smiles is at least good, and often totally awesome. Take Premise B: This record is on Snuffy Smiles. Ergo? Yes, this rules! Total No-Idea-ish punk rock in the vein of Tiltwheel, Dan Padilla, and (a better) Hot Water Music. And I fully support taking a good formula (say, melodic punk rock, or Ramones-style garage rock) and creating record after record that all sound pretty similar, but all are, well, the equivalent of yummy Trix! Yes, we all know. There’s Trix and there’s Froot Loops. And, yes, they’re similar, but do you hear me saying, “Gee, that Trix rabbit is just totally copying the Froot Loops toucan. I mean, I can hardly eat this stuff. It all tastes the same!”? Nay! Sugar is sugar! And punk rock is punk rock! And this record rules, even if both bands sound basically the same!

 –maddy (Snuffy Smiles)

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