Wednesday, March 17, 2010

North Trolls are worth championing, while Wrister is one 90's throwback that is not embarassing

Artist: Wrister and North Trolls
Title: Split 7"
Label: No Breaks Records
Release date: 2009
Vinyl color: Mine is gray-ish

This single, which came out last year on locally-based No Breaks Records, features a couple of house show circuit mainstays.

The two songs provided by Wrister are, as someone from Razorcake has pointed out, reminiscent of groups from the 90's like Hot Water Music who took their anthemic punk jams to living rooms and basements long before they began garnering more widespread attention. If you can revisit without blushing stuff you liked in high school aside from that Christian ska phase I assume we all went through, then "Nanners" and "What Goes Down" might be up your alley.

I've been championing The North Trolls since I saw them about a year ago at Lenny's with Jacuzzi Boys, Woven Bones, and The Barreracudas, and their three songs further cement their spot as one of the most underappreciated bands in town. The instantly catchy "When I Get Home" and "Hello Mason" remind me of The Goodnight Loving's faster, more punk sounding songs. "Cheap Drugs" combines the band's senses of humor and pop sensibilities well enough that this could pass as a demo by The Vandals. These three songs alone make this single well worth $5.