The Hipshakes – “Stick Around” 7”
Fistful of Records, 2006
Acquired: Crossroads Music, Used, 2013
From the heart of the late 00s garage punk revival, comes this British trio who specialize on a particularly ramshackle variety of the genre. I vaguely remember this band’s full length—Shake Your Hips, 2007, Slovenly Records—from KJHK’s rotation. Honestly, this is the sort of thing I’d love to hear on college radio. The songs are short, fast, and loud and they play to my short attention span. There is no wheel-reinventing going on here, just some dudes trying to record as loud as humanly possible as if loud recording were a nod of respect to obvious touchstones the Oblivions. The brisk title track is a catchy romp of overblown guitars, a slightly out of synch rhythm section, and hysteric vocals packed into a minute. Concentrated grungy goodness.