A horrible hack

Seaweed

Service Deck

Year Released: 2011
Format: 7"
Label: No Idea Records
 
Reviewed by Andy Malcolm on Dec 12, 2011
Ok, so I have to admit that Seaweed is a band that had passed me by until this point in time. I think I may have listened to an album a long time ago and just shrugged my shoulders. However, this two song seven inch has tripped a switch. Were they always this good? Opening track "Service Deck" is off the chain, an absolute bolt from the blue, speeding along like a runaway train, merging indie rock and punk rock in a fashion generally only mastered by bands as good as Archers of Loaf. Strained vocals, energetic guitars, and the golden combination of muscle and smarts, this is one of the best songs I have heard all year. On the flip is "the Weight" which is more of a pop punker, issuing spikey guitars and an air of Superchunk. Either way, it's the sound of a band playing 90s music in 2011, and having a whole lot of fun with it. I am not sure there are too many newer bands around at the moment who could take on something like this and match it. Corking. This 7" basically leaves me teased, Seaweed need to do an LP full of songs like Service Deck right now. DO IT.
Recommended record by Collective Zine!

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