S.H.I.T.S’s new EP artwork was designed by the greatest Teodoro Hernández and comes with a download code.
Our take: I picked up a tape with three of these songs on it last spring when S.H.I.T. played Damaged City fest and I thought it was cool, but when I dropped the needle on this piece of vinyl my head nearly exploded. I've always liked S.H.I.T., but I is a truly next-level release. It's really hard to pinpoint precisely what makes this so much better, but I think it largely comes down to two abstract qualities: power and vibe. In terms of power, these four songs are just head-crushingly intense... they're predominantly midpaced, and they have this supremely confident swagger that simply can't be faked. The vibe thing is even harder to pinpoint and explain. It's best displayed, though, on the first track, which is really just a repeating riff (kind of like the intro on a youth crew / tough guy hardcore-type record) with a bunch of noises and sound effects layered on top of it. It's simple, but it's perfectly executed, reminding me of nothing so much as G.I.S.M. in the way that it seems to transport you into another universe when you listen to it. Sure, there are bands out there who kind of sound like S.H.I.T.--Blazing Eye comes immediately to mind, for instance--but this record truly transcends the whole "if you like X, you'll probably like this too" formula. This is simply a work of art. Highly recommended.