Violence Creeps: On My Turf 7"
Our take: Debut 7" from this Bay Area band and it's a real punk scorcher. Basically, the two sides of this record are very different. On one side you have the title track, which is a Flipper-esque dirge (complete with skronky sax!). I'm usually not a huge fan of that style of punk because it's too easy to pound out a couple of chords at a funereal pace and have a vocalist rant and rave over top of it, but like Flipper themselves Violence Creeps have some magical way of making the whole thing catchy and memorable. While I like that side of the record OK, I'm a lot more enamored with the other side, which features two tracks of dynamic, upbeat punk rock that reminds me more than a little bit of one of my current favorites, Good Throb. I think the similarity comes from the fact that the guitarists and bassists of both bands play things that are rather simple, but the two instruments interact in ways that are really interesting. Further, both bands back this interplay up with a tough punk backbeat and front it with a venomous vocalist. If you like your punk raw, catchy, aggressive, and inventive this one is highly recommended.Tags: 10s female-fronted noisy punk raw recommended