THREE MINUTE MOVIE: The Film Reflects a Dramatic City: CD

I can honestly say that I’ve loved everything I’ve heard from Snuffy Smile. They’ve introduced me to great Japanese bands like Baggage, I Excuse, The Urchin, Minority Blues Band, and Pear of the West, and they’ve releases seven inches by some of my favorite American bands, like The Thumbs, Super Chinchilla Rescue Mission, and The Timversion. So I had a feeling that I’d like Three Minute Movie, and they didn’t disappoint me. Actually, I had more than a feeling. I had one of Three Minute Movie’s songs on a comp, and whenever the comp ended, I’d find myself singing the Three Minute Movie song in my head. It’s good stuff. Mid-tempo punk that borrows a little from Leatherface (in the way that it can really crank up the tension in the songs) and a little from Hüsker Dü (pulling perfect melodies out of songs that sound like they could explode into chaos) and some guitar parts sound like they come straight from the Replacements, but ultimately it becomes its own thing: very tight and very skilled without being the least bit polished. It looks like the title of this album suffers a little in the translation from Japanese to English, but nothing is lost in the translation of the rest of the album. It sounds just right in any language.

 –sean (Snuffy Smile)