Monday, February 4, 2008
Pissed jeans -Don't need smoke...7" on subpop
Don't Need Smoke to Make Myself Disappear / Love Clown
Punk seemed at some point to have taken over the seven inch format...it went from purely a single 2 song single to a mini EP/album. This is a world I have just barely scratched the surface. I know the major players, and I went thru a Dead Kennedy's, Fugazi, Bad Brains etc phase.
I think there is a huge history of revolution with the 7" being this cheap distribution object to get the music out at shows, through the mail, it's weirdly kept records alive for a new audience...in punk, reggae, rock and roll in general. The punk side seems to be going strong with the number of new bands 7"'s and collectors of punk message boards I come across.
Anyway... Pissed Jeans is in this long tradition of punk rock and this guys voice reminds me of Rollins in that kind of tough guy yelling. I have the full length and need to spend more time with it, but this is raw, stripped down playing in a shitty bowling alley or your friends backyard.
This is still available on subpop. They have consistently managed to keep releasing relevant, interesting music. Someone is making all the right choices there. It really runs the spectrum, they seem to have the financial means to promote all their stuff and still have the street cred. Plus they were pretty much my entry point for 7"'s in general. I probably have more subpop singles than from any other label...and it's all quality in one way or another.
Pissed Jeans are a rock and roll combo from Allentown, PA and this single is their first release on Sub Pop. They’ve previously released a full-length called Shallow and a 7” single (“Throbbing Organ” b/w “Night Minutes”), both on Parts Unknown Records. Because we have yet to read a better description (or come up with one ourselves…) of their music than the one provided by their singer Matt in an interview on blastitude.com, the following: “The idea was to start a different kinda punk band focused on dead ended carnal cravings, sexual depression…that sort of thing. Mainly we just wanted to bludgeon the listener with dull, monotonous droning rock music that just sucks the energy out of you, the musical equivalent to watching a toilet flush.” We at Sub Pop Records could not possibly be more excited to release a full-length of this dull, monotonous droning rock music later this year. So, that’s what we’re going to do.