Shoppers / Panzram: Split 7"
Knowing a little bit about both bands I thought this split would be a slightly unlikely pairing, but it turns out it's not. While Florida's Panzram have a bit more of a hardcore element to their sound, they're still very much steeped in the late 80s / early 90s-style noise rock that Shoppers deal in. Great production, driving rhythms, powerful vocals, and melodic guitars make their tracks total winners... if the idea of a slightly more melodic version of NYC's Pollution appeals to you, these tracks will crush you. As for Shoppers, they're undoubtedly one of my favorite punk bands at the moment, and their song here (or is it songs? I can't really tell as there's kind of a noisy break in the middle) is every bit as good as their brilliant Silver Year LP from last year. An absolutely essential split 7"... I love seeing bands who are staunchly DIY and still don't half-ass the music in any way, shape, or form. Feeble Minds Records