STEAL SHIT DO DRUGS.

26 02 2017

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What’s in a name? Nothing? Everything? Something? Who cares! Steal Shit Do Drugs (SSDD if you like censorship!) are one of the most exciting bands around, and they are currently a couple days into a month long tour of the UK and Europe. They’re playing some neat sweaty venues, which is perfect for their brilliant degenerate sound.

I think they’ve only been around for maybe 2 years and I think last year was when their first record came out. I could be wrong though. The record consists of 11 in your face Punk/Garage Rock songs that are made to be screamed back at the band out of fury and love. Find your passion and yell. I’ve read nothing about Steal Shit Do Drugs, so I have no idea who they are being compared to. It’s lazy to make any comparisons, so I’ll stay away from that. But in all honesty, I can’t really think of anyone that they sound like. They sound like a band from the Punk era but they also sound like a band that are slightly ahead of everyone else right now. We need more rowdy sounds in our ears to unleash the frustrations of daily life, and Steal Shit Do Drugs are the best band to do it to.

I don’t know what the Seattle music scene is like, but I’m going to declare Steal Shit Do Drugs as the best band from there. It’s not really a bold statement, more like an honest one. But, it’s just my opinion and that’s never counted for much. I love how their sound can just capture the true hell of a daily routine that eats at you, surrounded in a place that you are desperate to get out of. You’re in a version of hell that others would probably be okay with, but it’s your hell and this is the comforting soundtrack to it. I can only imagine that their live shows portray this in a fantastic way. They strike me as a band that you’ve just GOT to see live to really dig the sound.

Lead singer, Kennedy has this glorious charm that comes across beautifully on record and he allows you to imagine him strutting about on stage. Getting in the face of the crowd and screaming the words at them, just waiting for someone to scream them back at him. There’s a real urgency to this sound, and they are band that just need to be heard. There’s simply no denying how great Steal Shit Do Drugs are, and I’m pretty sure this month long tour of the UK and Europe is going to win a number of people over

Organdie is my favourite track so far. It’s a real loud number that echoes sounds of The Stooges in the best way imaginable. It’s got a real dirty Punk sound, it’s the kind of Punk that shocked parents like the Dead Boys and The Stooges. It’s flamboyant and it’s in your face. There are quiet moments and all of a sudden the last 2 minutes of the song are just a massive yelp-fest. It’s brilliant! I can’t get enough of it. I think it’s the one that’s going to really get the crowd going at their shows, if they play it,  of course.

They’re the kind of band that you’d want to tour with, that you’d want to go record shopping with, hang out with, join their band and the kind of band you MUST go see live at any given chance. Buy the music, play loud, learn the words and yell with them as loud as you can.

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PONY TIME.

5 04 2014

 

 

Most will argue that Punk is dead. I suppose to an extent they are right, but sometimes you find something that still holds the value of Punk and stays true to the roots of it. One of the most disrespectful things to have come from any of this is the term, “Pop-Punk.” I’m pretty sure Joey Ramone would vomit upon hearing most of the bands associated with this ridiculous type of music. He’d probably shake his head at the sight of that singer from Paramore’s hair. It isn’t a stem of Punk at all, it’s truly awful. But, I suppose I’m in the minority of thinking this. And I’m fine with that.

But, like I mentioned, there are bands that have the roots of Punk about them. Pony Time are a brilliant duo from Seattle. One beats the shit out the drums, the others makes a lot of beautiful fuzzy noise. The vocals are cried out in a true Punk fashion and are meant for sweaty, intimate clubs for you to scream along to.

They’ve been making music for some time now, I thin they started back in 2009. I’m currently listening to the reverb fest that is Go Find Your Own. This record is made up of ear bleeding and skull shattering tunes that will shake up the soul. They’ve got an excellent eerie feel about their sound, as if it should be in some abandoned horror b-movie. Two people are making this sound; just two people. Sometimes you don’t need a gang behind you to make something as brilliant as this.

My attention span is questionable at times, and with their songs being around 2 minutes long- my attention isn’t swayed when I listen to them. They’re another band that make you wish you could pick up a guitar or play the drums, and make your own noise. Pony Time have got this amazing Garage Rock style about them; a true basement band that are playing with sheer determination to be heard. Pony Time are evidently a band that you cannot ignore. Or in my case, a band that I really cannot praise enough.

Their bandcamp page is full of records that you can stick on repeat until the early hours. If my neighbour starts being obnoxiously loud again, I’ll turn the volume up. Garage Rock will always beat shitty Dance music. Pony Time’s ferocious sound is enough to make you want to throw your body about in a non conventional and unapologetic fashion. They’re pretty much everything I want a band to be. They send you off on a glorious lucid trip as you lose yourself perfectly in their music. Music is the perfect thing to forget everything to. Sometimes we don’t want a daily reminder of how shitty things can be, so you stick your favourite record on and it is all okay for a while. That’s all you need sometimes.

Can Drink 100 Wine Coolers (for even the title alone) is probably my favourite Pony Time record. I guess it is because you get a real feel for a band with their first record. The three that I’ve listened to have all been a step up from the last, but still have that punchy feel about them. Pony Time are another band that reinforce my idea that duos are the best. They play a little bit harder and louder; Pony Time sound like a band that really come alive when you see them live. I have no idea if they have any plans to play the UK, but if they do- I hope they play a creepy and small venue for a handful of bodies to sweat and thrash about to furiously.

You can listen to Pony Time’s music here: http://pony-time.bandcamp.com