Queen Of The Slackers Colleen Green gets her 2016 EP Casey’s Tape reissued by Infinity Cat Records (JEFF The Brotherhood, Be Your Own Pet). This edition also comes backed with some tunes she cooked up for the excellent Harmontown podcast. Anyone familiar with Green’s oeuvre will know what they’re getting themselves in for, but for the cheap seats - this is fun, cool stoner-grunge that self-identifies as ‘Ramones-core’.
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Couple chords is all you need, right? Colleen Green spins songs out of simplicity on this charming, hyper-lackadaisical comp-athon, filling our ears with melodic throughlines as if she were one of those people who navigates planes with table tennis bats. The guitars, fuzzy but feasible, shred a simple progression as a drum machine plods alongside. It’s low-key bliss.
Like the Ramones funnelled through the alt rock of the ‘90s, Collen Green’s songs just blitz by, their fuzzy exterior given a kind of quiet, introspective production that squashes them and makes them feel lifesize. Tunes like “Disco” have no discernable hooks, but boy, do they have hooks: a homogenous backing vocal keeps Green’s song feeling a little fuller, more empathetic, and then she peels away the layers of scuzzed up distortion so you can hear the chorus on its own terms.
There’s something kinda charming about hearing someone throw on a drum machine and then do their thing. “U Coulda Been an A” sets it up and then collates fret-mutes and brighter, janglier riffs, Green offering pure grit and then using her choruses to compare it to a lighter, more playful sound. At first this record sounds overbearingly sparse and underdeveloped -- over time it becomes clear just how subtle a songwriter and arranger Green is, even in this framework of slack ‘n’ solo. Classic punk fans, meet Tony Molina down the pub and you can all throw one back to this.
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