CD £12.49 HZR-132CD
CD on HoZac.
Chicago’s Heavy Times are back this week with their third album on HoZac, squeezing 18 songs into just over half an hour - only seven of these cuts even pass the two-minute mark - of their schizophrenic garage punk, which ranges from ‘80s influenced darkpop ditties to noise-punk firecrackers. All the songs flash by pretty quickly, but they’re perfectly constructed too, with many moments of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it brilliance bringing to mind early Pixies or Marked Men. The rhythm section roll along in workmanlike fashion while the guitars and vocals range from Joy Division-esque post-punk to soaring pop anthems to 40-second hardcore punk blasts to chugging Husker Du-ish pop punk. There’s even an acoustic song, but don't let that put you off.
Despite the quickfire procession of tracks, the attention to detail never falters. The tones are always thick and heady, the vocal harmonies are perfectly judged throughout to give the songs that extra boost when needed, and the guitarist seems to have an endless supply of jealousy-inducing hooks to draw upon. There’s basically two good albums’ worth of material crammed onto this LP. You won’t get bored.
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