Straight A’s – 7inch EP

Straight A’s – Smear Campaign, Fuck The Troops, Pretty Ugly // Tonight’s Entertainment, Reservations, Praying Mantis Season (Noise Pollution Records) 2009. Another amazing release on the Noise Pollution label, this 7inch by The Straight A’s is straight up going on my Best of 2009 list. I know it’s early in the year still, but I don’t see it getting much better than this. What The Straight A’s seem to understand, that many of their contemporaries forget, is keeping it concise. None of these songs clock in at over a minute and a half. Why should they? The Straight A’s make their point and move on. Why stick around? They have more important things to consider. The songs on the EP are generally built around a fluid bass/drum pattern with all kinds of guitar noise careening over the top. The lyrics are succinct, to the point and don’t follow any verse/chorus bullshit. The approach is very similar to what Watt, Boon and Hurley were doing in the 1980s even if the sound is relatively different. From what I understand, The Straight A’s are working on an album and I bet it’s gonna have like 10,000 bad-ass songs on it. That’s cool cuz I wore out my copy of Double Nickels on the Dime years ago and nobody has of yet come up with a worthy follow-up. Available at Noise Pollution.

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4 Responses to Straight A’s – 7inch EP

  1. I’ve had the privilege to sit in on a bit of the new recording and it sounds amazing. I think the LP will be around 20 songs.

  2. Also … check out this AAAAA’s video

  3. Brushback says:

    Yeah, this stuff is pretty great – “Smear Campaign” sorta reminds me of Kepone a bit, some other cool stuff too….

    When the post title first popped up on my blog reader, I thought it meant the pop-punk Strait A’s and I was thinking, “What’s Joe up to now??”

  4. mikedks says:

    I gotta say, never heard of these guys, but you know what? these guys kill it!
    Can’t wait to hear an album’s worth of material.

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