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Paranoias: Napalm Spring 7"

Paranoias: Napalm Spring 7"


Tags: · 20s · hcpmf · lo-fi · punk · recommended
Regular price
$10.00
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$10.00

Paranoias have been going for a few years now and have finally graced us with their debut 7”. - And with bands knocking out new material seemingly every 2 minutes it’s kinda nice to have to wait - . Five tracks of snotty, fast paced punk that follows on from their outstanding demo. Although they manage to perfectly adapt to a 5 track punk 45 here. They’re still one of my favourite bands going right now. Still heavily indebted to 70s punk with tightly wound bass and drums underlying Chris’s guitar hooks and surf garage style, and Hannah’s high pitched and often frenetic vocals. All recorded to tape which offers the perfect lo-fi tone for this kind of music. Songs about the collapse of the world, plastic cities, plastic people, shit people, and a vacuous middle class who offer no hope. Recorded before 2020 but very fitting of this year. Napalm. Paranoia. We’re all fried.


Our take: Debut 7” from this killer Australian band. Like several of the bands in the Helta Skelta Records circle, Paranoias has a fast and catchy sound that sits in the middle of the Venn diagram where 70s punk, 80s hardcore, and 90s garage-punk meet. The production is raw and biting, which dirties up a batch of 5 songs that, in different hands, could sound almost bubblegummy. Fortunately, Paranoias bury that catchiness in heaps of distortion, bringing to mind the Angry Samoans, Career Suicide’s catchiest moments, or a surf-inflected version of the Registrators or Teengenerate. In other words, it’s super fast, but you can tap your toe and sing along. I’ve played this about a dozen times already and I still want more.