KLITZ, THE: Live at the Well: 7”

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I hadn’t heard of The Klitz until this record showed up at my door, but I felt like less of a poser after reading that they never actually put out a record during their initial ‘78-‘80 run, making them a bit of an obscurity. This 7” is a release of archival recordings that are a looking glass into the late 1970s and early 1980s Memphis punk rock scene through the lens of women having fun while making noise at its ground level. Complete with an insert that serves as a short oral history of the band, the 7” features two original songs and two covers, including “AfterHours,” my personal favorite Velvet Underground jam. Their sound is simple and full of imperfect, distorted swagger in a sort of Cramps meets Suburban Lawns kind of way; rudimentary but smart, adolescent and full of charm, with no intentions of fame or invocations of nostalgia. –Candace Hansen (Spacecase)