Big Zit: Electric Zit Vol 1 7"
I never managed to get copies for the distro (and not for lack of trying), but Big Zit's demo was one of my favorite releases in recent memory... it's very rare to hear a raging hardcore band that can put a huge smile on my face every time I listen to them, but that was certainly the case with the Big Zit demo. So, to say I was looking forward to their debut 7" is an understatement, and it's finally here! It's only about 3 1/2 minutes long, but it's 3 1/2 minutes of pure bliss. The production on the 7" is just a hair heavier than on the demo, making this sound a little more like a hardcore band and a little less like an old 80s skate rock band, but the riffs are still completely infectious, and oh, those vocals... people have likened them (with good reason) to Bad Brains and I definitely get that, but they're also totally unique. It's sort of like HR crossed with Sakevi from GISM or something. You can't really tell anything he's saying (except "I've got a BIIIIIG ZIIIIIT!"), but it's still catchy as hell and I find myself constantly singing along with some phonetic approximation of the lyrics. Of course we get a lot of hardcore records in around Sorry State and most of them fall in the "good but perhaps not 100% essential" category, but Big Zit are totally original, exciting, and inspiring... the sound of 2014. Highly recommended.