The Spasms: We Better Operate – album review

The Spasms – We Better Operate (Self Released)

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On this short sharp nine track album, Australia’s The Spasms set their stall out, trading in classic stripped down garage. They know full well that to do it right you stick by the old adage, if it ain’t broke…

Kicking it off with the shortest track, ‘How To Tame A Wildebeest’ is a four chord fist punching riot that sets off this tight 25 minute rollick, as the three-piece shoot through all the hooks and tricks. Good Little Tiger summons up the spirit of The Cramps, it’s repeated one lyric near hypnotising, set off by Lux-inspired shuddering yelps, while on tracks like ‘Hardcore’ and the title track, ‘We Better Operate’, they settle back into a groove more akin to early Black Lips. However when they let the rhythm take them over completely they produce stand out track ‘Deadbeat’. Its thumping rhythm drives the song along, while the distorted radio crackled melody is pure garage pop.

This is a great statement for The Spasms to kick off with. There’s nothing new on show, but it doesn’t matter. If you think that’s the point, you’re in the wrong place. It’s straight-out garage, pure and simple. Fuzzed up and rolling along, leaving you shook out and wanting more.

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Nathan has been writing for Louder Than War since 2012. Before that, he wrote for Now living in Spain, he also writes for the Spanish magazine Ruta 66.