Feral Kid Records proudly presents the debut vinyl release by PLEATHER hailing from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Over the last handful of years Hattiesburg has become a wonderful tour stop when traveling through the southern part of the US. An incredibly welcoming scene with well attended shows and rip-roaring bands, Hattiesburg seems to be working to re-earn the nickname of The Hub City but focusing on punk as the primary export rather than lumber and railroad industry stuff. PLEATHER follows up a demo from last year with this first slab of wax. Two catchy, driving songs will have listeners flipping the record over and over to get their fill. Nipping at the heals of Judy & The Jerks having just released their debut record, the small town of Hattiesburg is showing what a versatile scene they have despite being so small. PLEATHER and Judy are both respectively hitting the road this summer in support of their new records.
Our take: Debut single from this band out of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. While that city is the unlikely locale of a fertile hardcore scene, Pleather are more of a punky, jangly, and home-spun power-pop group. The two songs here are the opposite of flashy: the drummer holds a steady beat, the guitarist bangs out the chords with an occasional single-string lead, and the bassist follows the same rhythm and progression. However, the minimalism only serves to highlight how great and catchy these two tracks are. Pleather reminds me of Australia’s Parsnip in that their overall vibe is sweet and sunny, but there’s enough grit there to keep things from becoming twee. If you love simple, well-constructed pop tunes, these two tracks will find a loving home in your collection.