STIFF RICHARDS - State of Mind LP
- Label: Drunken Sailor
- Catalog Number: Drunkensailor134
- Availability: In Stock
European pressing on Drunken Sailor.
First things first - you don’t need me to tell you about the
significance of Australia in the history of punk. I mean, what am I, Jon
Savage? Google it yourself, FFS. Instead, let’s just agree that the
speedy, feral racket thrown together by the likes of The Saints, Radio
Birdman and The Scientists in the mid-late ‘70s is AT LEAST as
deliriously entertaining as anything concocted by their UK/US
counterparts, sowing the seeds for seemingly endless garage-inflected
noisemakers in the land down under.
No one likes using words like ‘tradition’ or ‘heritage’ here - the punk
rock clusterbomb is far too messy for any of that business - but also
emerging from Australian rock’s primordial soup is the addictive sneer
of Stiff Richards. Like their predecessors, the band are a gleefully
wracked mess of full throttle energy and barrelling power chords, with
songs like ‘Kids Out On The Grass’ and ‘Point of You’ proving at least
the equal of ‘(I’m) Stranded’ or ‘Aloha Steve And Danno’. Nine tracks in
less than 30 minutes, all winners and all determined to leave you
flipping over couches and smashing your TV set. And let’s face it, you
may as well; there’s nothing good on.
It all builds towards frantic closer ‘Fill In The Blanks’, which rattles around your speakers like the UK Subs trying to play Ed
Kuepper riffs at the centre of an earthquake, before grinding to a halt
as a voice says, “That’s the one.” Does it sound self-satisfied? Hey,
it’s got good reason to - this is the best no-frills garage rock party
since Gino & The Goons’ ‘Do The Get Around’, and the only
appropriate response is to declare yourself betrothed to Stiff Richards
because you can’t imagine your life without ‘em. Don’t believe me? Sort
out your ears and get ‘State Of Mind’ in ‘em. Rock’n’roll as it’s
supposed to be played.
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European release on Drunken Sailor Records, originally released on Chain Whip Records
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