WIPERS: Is This Real?: LP and 7”

If you don’t already have a copy of this absolutely crucial slab, now is the time: Jackpot has re-released Is This Real? for Record Store Day, including a 7” of demos to boot. The Wipers are one of those bands who cause a pleasant vertigo: any time I listen to one of their first three records, I think to myself, “Okay, this is the best one,” then put on the next one and thing the same thing, you know? There’s a compelling case that this gem of an album, now forty years old (!), is not only one of the best Wipers records, but the best punk records. Taut and driving, melodic and snarling, setting the stage for everything that came out of the Pacific Northwest. Absolutely crucial—and on clear vinyl, to boot. –Michael T. Fournier (Jackpot)