Pissed Jeans-Honeys (Sub Pop)
Whenever I hear the name of this band, I get a bit grossed out. But it reflects their dirty, noisy punk style as Craig Johnson tells us.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from noisy punk band Pissed Jeans. After listening to 2009’s ‘King of Jeans’ non-stop, they had me hooked on their messy, out of control punk rock. I’d seen them live and the energy on record was far exceeded in a live setting. Now though, they’ve brought something new to the table. I’m glad to say that ‘Honeys’ delivers.
It’s not a massive departure from their previous work but that’s no bad thing. It’s still got that wild, dirty, scuzzy sound to it. The guitar work sounds fierce and the vocals downright disgusting, which is what makes it so special. Opening track ‘Bathroom Laughter’, to me, is just the perfect Pissed Jeans track. It’s fast, it loud and it’s aggressive.
Throughout the album it doesn’t let down. There’s a definite tongue-in-cheek feel throughout the record, as always, which makes it so much more enjoyable. You know for a fact the band is just having fun. They’re not taking themselves too seriously and that really shines through. A band that can just be creative and have fun tends to be a rare sight in ‘punk rock’.
I don’t know about you, but this is the sort of album that I just want to play really loud. I mean really loud. I want to play it so I annoy my neighbours and anyone else I know. I owe it to the record. Good, fast punk like this deserves to be played as loud as possible as, to be fair, there’s no other way to truly enjoy the energy it gives off. If their previous work is anything to go by, you wont have to read this recommendation and you’ll have already pre-ordered it. But, if for some reason you need convincing, I can’t recommend it enough. Seriously. If you’re a fan of loud, messy, visceral punk then you should be listening to this.