SHRILLS, THE: Meltdown: LP

For those of you who thought punk from OrangeCounty resembled No Doubt rip-offs, you’re in for a treat. From behind the Orange Curtain creeps The Shrills, a surf rock, psycho punk five-piece. Following some press for “Morgana,” released on Pink Hotel in 2010, and a few stage antics resulting in stitches, their first full length is here on vinyl the hue of moldy key lime pie. Past references to The Cramps notwithstanding, The Shrills shriek, woop, and drunk stagger through the eleven tracks as evidenced in the epic “Broadzilla,” while “Teen Wolf” bears a disorienting narcotic lilt. For those of you who missed Pink Hotel, “Morgana” is included on this release that raises the bar on garage. You need to pick this up. Even better—go see ‘em live. Recommended.

 –Kristen K (Resurrection, [email protected], getresurrected.com)