Wimps are a Seattle-based punk/lo-fi/new wave three-piece who feature vocalist Rachel Ratner from Butts, Matt Nyce from Meth Teeth on Bass and The Intelligence drummer Dave Ramm. Their album, Suitcase has punk attitude, lo-fi scratchiness and the angular nature of new wave. The urgency of the music seems at odds with the lyrics that tell of being happy doing very little and social anxiety.
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The first song on Wimps’ new LP ‘Suitcase’ carries the mantra “I’m a vampire, I’m a vampire”, which is obviously one of the greatest mantras in pop culture history, but these punx have a little scratch of self-awareness and self-deprecation that’s maybe lacking from Nicolas Cage’s life, kissing the song off with a few chords and a shrugging final line: “it sucks”. Ey, good save: when you’re slacking, you gotta go the extra mile.
A nimble record with melodic hints rather than big-hitters, ‘Suitcase’ should appeal to fans of anything from Menace Beach to old X records -- it has punk aesthetics new and old, tunes like “Dump” shredding through easy choruses, trading bubblegum harmonies and letting proper pop song dynamism shine through no frills songwriting. The record’s title track sees the band quickly dust off one idea and rush through it as a way of making it exciting: the faster they go with this one, the more invigorating it is: they half-complete riffs reminiscent of Sleater-Kinney or Fugazi before returning to their simple chants of “Pack it up! Pack it up!” This is good shit, impacting best when the songs are short, sweet and a little bit communal.
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