Vatican Dagger: Not to Be 7"

Total Punk Records

$6.00

Debut single from this New Orleans band featuring Phil from the dearly departed Necro Hippies on vocals. It's funny, this actually bears more than a passing similarity to the other post-Necro Hippies band Mystic Inane, which couldn't be a better thing in my book. The a-side has this lurching, Flipper-esque groove, but whereas many bands who look to Flipper as an influence concentrate on the noisier and more atonal elements, "Not to Be" is damn near a pop song, and if it were a Flipper song it might well be their best one. The b-side is a little more straightforward, a straight up punk number built around a jittery rhythm and super snotty, drawling vocals. Totally killer, and if you've been following the whole Lumpy / slime punk phenomenon this should be at the top of your "to buy" list.

Tags: 10s punk recommended