Her Parents 'Physical Release' – album review

Her Parents ‘Physical Release’ (own label release)
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London-based Her Parents have self-released their debut Physical Release and our reviewer Chris Hearn finds it’s some good-listenin’ punchy punk.

These guys are cocky, badass, sarcastic, no good punks! And they are AWESOME!

Actually, to tell you the truth, they don’t actually seem to be no-good punks. They seem to be really nice punks. Their Facebook and Bandcamp pages say “we hope you have a great week and wish you all the luck in the world.” Awwww, that’s so nice.

Wait, unless they mean it sarcastically? Then they are no-good punks, who make wicked punk music. Sarcastic no-good punks!

Here is the deal: Punk isn’t dead, long live Her Parents. Never mind the other stuff, this is “Physical Release”.

Oh gosh goodness me, I love bands like this. They just come across like they don’t care, they’re just going to play and they don’t care what anyone says. I imagine them going into a club where there are no people there to see them and yet they still put on a full on, heavy duty, straight out, blow you away punk show because they really don’t care if anyone is there, they are doing for themselves. This is just the feel I get from the sound. It’s the sound of being free! That’s it; it’s the sound of freedom-no responsibilities, no cares, no qualms, no surrender, no fear, no pants, no socks, no nothing.

Oh man, like I said, I love this. It’s so frickin’ good! And the video for “I Don’t Know” is”¦.I don’t know how to describe it? Wait, yes I do”¦.it’s great! It’s just a band beating on an old washing machine, being goofy, being obnoxious and being punk and doing it for cheap. Can’t beat it!

And, you can skip your next philosophy class because they do a killer biography of Nietzsche in a song called”¦.”Nietzsche”. Thanks guys! You saved me the cost of tuition! Okay, let’s face it, shall we: these guys have an awesome sense of humour and write some really hilarious lyrics.

Exhibit B: Their biography of Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) or should I say”¦love song? It’s like a VH1 special in the form of a punk song:

Okay, so now for a quick word on who these guys are. They are Christopher Alcxxk (Internet Forever), Sean Clothier, Calum Gunn (from the awesome Dananananaykroyd) and Vilhjálmur Pétur (who I believe is from or is Stairs to Korea). And, that’s about it, I guess.

So, yes, I like these guys a whole bunch. This is a whole lot of fun, a solid album from a solid band. Solid, I tell ya! Nice minimal, simple, attractive album art; a group with cool aesthetics, great sounds, excellent lyrics, tons of power, and short snappy songs.

What more could you possibly ask for? This is the real deal! Jump on board!

You can download or stream Physical Release on Her Parents’ Bandcamp page.

Also find them on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.

All words by Chris Hearn. You can read more from Chris on LTW here.

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Deep in the heart of Canada, on the north shore of frigid Lake Superior, is a town called Thunder Bay. That\'s where I am from. That\'s where I started to write. And that is where I started to discover music. Now, I\'m a married man with two boys. I still love music. I still go to shows. And I still visit Thunder Bay, even though I haven\'t lived there for many years. What will you find on my iPod? You\'ll find lot of Americana, classic country, heavy stuff, punk and plenty of “guilty pleasures”.


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