SPASTIC PANTHERS / THE THROWAWAYS: Split: 7”

Side one is some impeccable Canadian hardcore by the Spastic Panthers. I was on their side before putting the needle on the record due to their hilarious artwork aping Body Count’s debut album, however the music greatly exceeded my expectations. They fit four songs of speedy early ‘80s hardcore on the A side and made me a fan despite the last song on their side being a dud, relatively speaking. The second side is ragged, poppy garage rock with female vocals by The Throwaways, also from Canada. Like the Spastic Panthers, they deliver four songs on their side with no songs over two minutes. Their standout track is “Pterodactyl Clap” which pulses and rages with aerial reptilian fury. In the simplest of terms, I like what these Canadians are up to.

 –Jake Shut (Handsome)