3 tracks of blazing, snotty hardcore from Ottawa!
Our take: This debut 7” from Ottawa’s Liquid Assets has a different vibe than their demo from last year. Like the demo, SNC Lava Lamp dances back and forth over the line between hardcore and ripping fast garage-punk, but these tracks are more unhinged. The two short tracks on the A-side both sound like Angry Samoans’ snot-punk filtered through the sensibility of later-era Gauze, with unexpected changes that keep you on your heels, struggling to stay upright. The longer b-side track, “Never Enough,” also defies expectations, starting off as another ripper but transitioning into a breakdown about four times as long as the fast part of the song. The big riffs and occasional lead guitar flourishes might be tongue in cheek, but maybe they’re just fun, immediate, and not over thought. At any rate, this is a wild little ripper with more than enough weirdness to make it stand out from the pack.