I’ll freely admit that I ignored this band because of its name. I thought I was going to be faced with stupid street punk and that it would be a waste of my time. Chalk another one up to “can’t judge a book by its cover or a band by its name.” Born Shit Stirrers is made up of U.K. ex-pats and Japanese locals producing a stirring bunch of up-tempo songs which, although melodic, are rough and ready around the edges. The band takes no prisoners in terms of targets for its songs, but in doing so it never labors the point, with less than half of the twenty-one tracks crossing the minute mark. I’m proud to wave a shit stirring flag. –Rich Cocksedge (Serial Bowl, [email protected], / Boss Tuneage, [email protected],