JERKY BEATS, THE: Play Songs for Lovers EP: Cassette

Nov 13, 2013

This couldn’t be any more British if the Thames theme (you know, the one right before each episode of the Benny Hill Show) came on at the start of this tape. These “lads” play a fun and goofy style of punk with only a vocalist shouting away to a drummer and one fuzzed-out bass guitar. Grabass in the great tradition of Sheep Squeeze and perhaps even the Shitty Limits if only for the “Brits get it” references (what the fuck is “Match of the Day”?) They obviously went through some lengths to carefully format their artwork on the xerox’d j-card so as to make sure it properly fits into a cassette case when folded. That’s cool and all, but then they went ahead and clearly stole cassettes from their parents and/or their local thrift store and dubbed their songs right over them, which I thought was a terribly stupid idea. That was until Cutting Crew’s “(I Just) Died in Your Arms Tonight” came on right after their last track on a tape labeled Pure Soft Metal. Touché, Jerky Beats. Touché.

 –Juan Espinosa (Self-released, [email protected],