1. Fat Creeps – Fat Creeps EP – This is by far my favorite EP of this year. It is crazy good. Every song is special in its own way and, on that note, it is tough to compare Fat Creeps to other bands. The music is downright catchy first and foremost. “Leave Her Alone” is the capstone with its top-notch harmonies and surfy guitar solo, but there’s really something to love about all of ’em, such as the endings to “700 Parts” and “Horoscope,” the punch of “Cherry,” and Mariam and Gracie’s vocal showcase in “Secrets” and “Fooled”. Fat Creeps played several shows in 2012 and they’ve been garnering notice locally, nationally, and internationally. It is easy to see why with this talented trio. We saw them about a dozen times this year and were bummed out about the shows we couldn’t make. Yeah, they’re that great!
2. The Maine Coons – The Maine Coons 7″ – The Maine Coons – the hidden gem of underground garage/punk – released their s/t debut a couple years back. That was a favorite, landing on our year end lists. Two years later there is this 7″. All songs on this 7″ are on that LP. Coincidentally or not, they are top tier with reference to the album. I remember getting this in the mail and playing it several times in a row. For days. It’s a masterpiece recalling the King Khan & BBQ Show, if that dude Leo Chips had been on keyboard since the beginning. I’m not sure I’ve heard a 7″ that gets the job like this one does in a long time. “Uniform Choice” is the most outstanding, in my opinion, but as I’ve made clear…you can’t go wrong with any of ’em.
3. The Fagettes – If I See Him Again7″ – Fagettes are a band that I had heard of prior to listening to this 7″…at least the name. How could one forget? Anyway, this is a delightful release. Singers Ryan and Melanie trade words, with a keen sense of good ole rock and roll charm. The three songs from this release are recorded damn well, capturing all that fun. I especially dig “My Girl Looks Like Johnny Thunders,” with the organ and other great instrumentation. No wonder why they’ve made a name for themselves around here. Can’t wait for more!
Nobunny – Maximumrockandroll EP
Kal Marks – Piss of the Century EP Gremlins UK – Gremlins UK 7″
Yessir indeed, the one and only Maine Coons! Everywhere I go (music related) I drop my two favorite cum punk bands Cumstain and the Maine Coons. The Maine Coons is one man insane pop mastermind, Dave Spent. Good work Dave! MC is one of the finest bands roaming the planet right now, and I don’t toss around those words lightly. Seriously catchy jams of the Black Lips, King Khan & BBQ Show, Nobunny, Beets, Fat History Month variety. I cannot emphasize anymore how awesome this band is. Check out “My Kinda Luv,” “Hey Dickhead,” “Ghetto Queen,” ” I Am a Motherfucker,”- you know what just check out the whole Maine Coons LP from last year. Here is a mini review I did, placing the record in my top ten for twenty ten: https://klyam.com/2010/12/07/chriss-top-ten-of-twenty-ten/
Tell two friends about the Maine Coons and tell them to tell two friends and eventually the world will live as one or we will all end up killing each other and sleeping with our cousins, it could go either way. But, don’t you want to be one of those cool kids that can brag to your friends that you knew this band before it was cool!