Having released an incredible full length at the start of 2017 and another one before the year was done, Halifax's Booji Boys have been busy writing some of the best distorted, melodic and memorable punk in recent years, all while playing in a slew of other great groups. The 5 tracks on Unknown Pleathers are the perfect continuation to those records and some of our favourite stuff that the band has done to date. Let's face it, when Iggy Pop is repeatedly praising your band, you're definitely doing something right. As per usual, we'll be doing a limited one time pressing of 300 copies so be sure not to sleep on this one.
Our take: The latest 7” from this Canadian band is a 5-songer that finds them expanding upon and refining their formula. As before, there are elements of hardcore and classic-sounding punk (and maybe even power-pop), but with total shit-fi production. The first track, “I Wanna Be So Good,” is one of their more hardcore moments with a sprightly tempo and chaotic playing. The next few songs are full of the great, classic-sounding punk riffs that Booji Boys are so great at, but the record’s climax is the closing title track. That song's foundation is a great 999 / Undertones style chord progression, and it builds toward a wild double guitar solo… not two guitars harmonizing with one another Iron Maiden-style, but two guitars soloing across and over top of one another, twisting together like a rat king of noise and distortion. Every time I hear a Booji Boys record I think to myself, “man, I wish I could hear the vocals,” but then after a few listens I realize the guitars are the star of the show and the wild and noisy production is the perfect choice for them.