ITCHY SELF - Here's the Rub LP
- Label: OTHER LABELS
- Catalog Number: CLR01
- Availability: In Stock
Out October 2nd, 2020, run of 200, 12” 45rpm record (140g), screen printed jacket, insert/lyric sheet.
FFO: Neon Boys, Mike Rep, the Saints, the Rats
Drawing influence from the looser end of the Ork records catalogue, the
sensitive side of Ohio’s proto-punk scene and the grittiest and most
sluggish tangent of 70’s power pop, Itchy Self’s debut 12” is an
exploration of fully formed songs treated with spontaneous delivery. The
group got together in early 2020 for 3 practices and a recording
session and here are the results, laid out in their raw form. This is
cross-generational racket n roll music that wears its heart on its
loosey goosey sleeve. ‘B what you B’ is a life affirming testament to
living against the grain that calls to mind the Modern Lovers’
aggressive positivity. Title track ‘Here’s the Rub’ is a barrage of
abstract lyrics and skronky shred. ‘God Bless the Ego’ is an ode to the
looseness and blurry eyed lucidity of indie rock’s forbearers such as
Chilton, Kilgour, Pollard and Malkmus. ‘Reprobate’ is a Stones style
ballad that channels the Saints and Johnny Thunders in equal measures.
‘Playing MTV’ is an audacious end remark to the record, that rips on
classic Velvets strut and testifies it’s own ridiculous merit through
boastful and catty lyrics. All in all, of course, it’s only Rock n Roll.
This record is 1 part follow up to the Protruders “Poison Future” 12”
on Feel It records (2019) and 1 part the first chapter of a new and
exciting group formed in Canada’s capital of de-proffessionalized rock
music. Recorded to 1/4 inch tape by Scott Munro (Preoccupations) and
mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control), this record should provide a
concise opening statement to anyone with the least bit of concern about
Itchy Self. You’re gonna need an ocean of calamine lotion.
All songs by Joe Chamandy. Itchy Self is Scott Brown-Bass, Chris
Burns-Guitar, Joe Chamandy-guitar/vocals, Zak Slax-Drums w/ back up
vocals by Hélène Barbier, Kay Moon and Scott Munro. Recorded by Scott
Munro and mixed by Scott Munro w/Itchy Self. Mastered by Mikey Young.
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