RP AtAll 29 : THE FOUR SLICKS
Paris, Frances Four Slicks add a greasy flavor to the no-frills garage-punk style, rippin it up like a bunch of punk rock Little Richards and Jerry Lee Lewises. Their new EP (and first American release!) is in the same vein as the last one - no surprises, no attempts at originality - just great straight-ahead punk rock n roll in the hot-rodding 50s mold. No song tops the two-minute mark - this dance partys short and sweet, brother! If you like to shake your ass to a rockin beat, if you dig hot guitar leads, if youre smart enough to know that rock n roll music was already as complicated as it would ever need to be by 1957, if you enjoy oldies radio but crave louder guitars and high-powered drumming, then the Four Slicks are the band for you. Sometimes the simplest music is best, so dont overlook the Four Slicks in favor of the latest trendy blues/noise no-fi screamo-punk band.
Obligatory band background: Four Slicks feature former Rip Off Jon Von, as well as members of the No-Talents, Creteens, Real Gone Daddies, and Dragueurs. But you knew that already, didnt ya?!
Now Wave (Lord Rutledge)
May 30, 2006
Four amped-up ravers that rely heavily on the patented twelve-bar blues pattern. Luckily, they use it to good effect.
Razorcake (Jimmy Alvarado)
For all the weird punk acts coming out of Le France these days pushing the envelope, there are still some traditional rock outfits sort of still working backward. Take the Jon Von led Four Slicks for instance. The self-proclaimed Kings of Greasy Punk, these guys attack hot rod/gearhead garage rock tunes with aplomb (and an ex-No Talent). Kind of like the Devil Dogs if they were infatuated with 57 Chevys and Mopar shit instead of blowjobs and babysitters. The Slicks are still a bit more Bowser than Fonzie, but they do this shit well, and JV is still OK with me. Personally, Id rather listen to Frustration than this, but hey, Im a forward thinker...white vinyl with a nice full-color sleeve.
Terminal Boredom (RK)
Four songs of greaser punk with songs of cars and rocking. This band may include a darker-haired Jon Von, going by the grainy photo. Four energetic tunes for the party crowd.
Maximum RocknRoll (RL)
Kings of punknroll are back with new EP. 4 wild tunes on their furious punkabilly way and they sound better than ever. This is fucking great - guys where is that album???!!!!! Im getting tired of spinning of all these 45s!
Vanya/No Brains Zine
In case you didnt know, Rip Off Records will soon be no more. However, all you fans of loud, short, trashy punk dont need to fret. Rapid Pulse is still around to pick up the slack. Their latest release, a single from NYCs Shop Fronts, is proof of this. In case you didnt know, the Shop Fronts feature ex-members of the Zodiac Killers, Tie Reds, and F Hole. But what do they sound like.....
This 45 is definitely from the late 90s/early 00s school of San Franciscan punk. I hear echoes of the 1st Zodiac Killers LP, which aint too surprising since Jami (Shop Fronts guitarist/vocalist) played on that record. I also hear similarities to the Trust Fund Babies and the Loudmouths.
You got two originals and a rippin cover of the Outcasts Frustration.
The Shop Fronts are like vanilla ice cream. Both are kinda plain, some would even think boring, but if someone puts a bowl of it in front of you, yer gonna fuckin eat it up cause it still tastes good.
Now Wave (Troy Thrills)
Great punk rock straight outta Brooklyn... another home run for Rapid Pulse!
Having laid low for the past year-and-a-half, the Rapid Pulse hit factory was damn sure to re-emerge with a bang... and boy, did it ever! The Shop Fronts latest slab of vinyl is just a great fuckin punk record ---an ass-kickin blast of fierce, fire-hot rock n roll that owes nothing whatsoever to the latest underground trends or hipster fancies. The groups ferocious attack is timeless; itll remind some of early LA punk and others of late 90s San Fran trash. You cant really call it garage or 77 punk or hardcore... its just good ole PUNK ROCK, ya know? Lots of bands go for this sorta sound, but few achieve the awesome blend of catchiness, aggression, and balls-out ferocity that make this record such a scorcher. And most importantly, the vocals are fuckin great. Raspy-voiced shouter Jami Wolf is one of the best punk singers Ive heard in quite a while. She oozes toughness and belts it with real style. Highlights of the record include the fast and furious A-side cooker Dont Quit and an ultra-rockin cover of Frustration, a classic cut off of the Outcasts first 7".
A great many of todays punk groups sound like pale imitators of yesteryears greats. The Shop Fronts, on the other hand, could pass for the genuine article. If someone had played me this record and told me it was some ridiculously rare punk gem from 1979 now slated for inclusion on Killed By Death #25136 , I wouldnt have doubted it for a second. It really is that good. If this band can deliver a few more releases as good as this one, half of you will be sporting Shop Fronts tattoos by the end of next year.
Now Wave (Lord Rutledge)
If youve attended a garage rock show in NYC over the last few years, chances are it was the handiwork of one Tom Hyland, promoter of the superfine DotDash concert series. Hylands behind the drums in this rough and tumble Brooklyn punk band, who bash out simple, energetic noise that straddles the line between street punk (Dont Quit) and snotty garage (Just Dont Know, their cover of the Outcasts Frustration). Recorded cheap and dirty; gets the job done. Rapid Pulse is the label arm of the Underground Medicine mailorder and distro; check out their site as theyre one of the finer purveyors of DIY punk and garage records in the States.
Record #2 from the wave-making NYC combo is just as impressive as their debut. Driving and straightforward, the SHOP FRONTS brand of speedy 77 snot seems sorta out in a time where art-punk is the current king, but minute-and-a-half burners like these dont ever really go out of style.
MRR (Mitch Cardwell)
I really wish every member wasnt credited with vocals on this release, because I really need to know who lets out the, Hey gurlllllllll in Just Dont Know because it makes me giggle everytime it happens. Shop Fronts havent matured too much since the split with the DC Snipers, but thats not a bad thing - they were doing the straight-ahead punk rock sound right in the first place. The A side seems bland at first, but after a few listens you start to notice some extra guitar parts that fill out the sound and turn it into a great tune. The Outcasts cover is solid and well, I already spoke my piece about the other tune.
Terminal Boredom (JC)
Fucking amazing band name, fucking amazing label and fucking amazing music. THE SHOP FRONTS were one of my highlights of the Lets Have Some God Damn Fun! compilation with Watchin You and thats really saying something because that was one incredible collection of killer bands. This 7 presents three tracks- the title track Dont Quit, Just Dont Know and an OUTCASTS cover Frustration all fantastic. Raw and urgent and full of the punk rock magic that is a rare pleasure these days. I am drooling for a full-length!! To top it all off: great artwork, blue wax and a big hole... what a delight of a 7".