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Shot Baker / Serf Combat - Chicago vs. London [7 inch] (Cover Artwork)

Shot Baker / Serf Combat

Shot Baker / Serf Combat: Chicago vs. London [7 inch]Chicago vs. London [7 inch] (2009)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: SloaneDaleySloaneDaley
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What came first, the chicken or the egg? The beer or the shame? These are the type of debates that rage on in punk rock if you are a complete tool...or Matthew Lillard. For the rest of us, we sit back and enjoy the rich cultural exchange that punk rock has provided us, replete with all of our region.
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What came first, the chicken or the egg? The beer or the shame? These are the type of debates that rage on in punk rock if you are a complete tool...or Matthew Lillard. For the rest of us, we sit back and enjoy the rich cultural exchange that punk rock has provided us, replete with all of our regional nuances, savior faire, joie de vivre and je ne sais quoi like you wouldn't believe. Chicago's Shot Baker and London's Serf Combat embody this exchange perfectly on their latest split together; instead of covering each other's songs, they each take on a song that influenced them from the other's place of origin.

Shot Baker starts the A-side off with an original, "I'm Not OK." If you are familiar with Shot Baker's previous releases, the song will come as no surprise; it is a hooky number showing a lot of influence from that early Chicago sound of Naked Raygun and Pegboy with some nice vocal harmonization. At the four-minute mark I feel the song lasts about a minute longer than it needs to and outstays its welcome, but it's a solid tune nevertheless. For their cover they chose London's finest, Cock Sparrer, which makes perfect sense because while they were known for anthemic sing-alongs, they also had some really catchy guitar work, which fits Shot Baker's style to a 'T.' Shot Baker does the original justice and Chris Gach's drum work even improves the song somewhat, with more energetic fills and a much better recording than Cock Sparrer's Shock Troops version courtesy of a great recording/mixing/mastering job by Nat Wright and Dan Precision.

The B-side courtesy of Serf Combat is the real treasure on this 7". I'm unfamiliar with Serf Combat's previous output but their listing of bands like Pegboy for their influence, I was not expecting the sounds that escaped my speakers. The opening cleanly strummed chords of "King of Shit Fuck Mountain" (which may or may not have been named after me) resemble some mid-'90s emo but when the full band kicks in it becomes a jangly romp that wouldn't be out of place on a Fake Problems record. I don't know the Bollweevil's original, but Serf Combat do their mid-paced pop-punk well and their vocalist's nasal yelp reminds me a lot of the Frenetics' Malcolm Bauld.

If you are new to these bands, the Serf Combat side of this 7" the split is worth it alone and Shot Baker's Cock Sparrer cover is nothing to shake a stick at either. If you are already a fan this should be a nice addition to your collection.

 


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scruffy (November 12, 2009)

"I saw Shot Baker once and they were terrible. Boring Sidney. Boring."

How long ago did you see them? Because, regardless of what you think of their albums, they have matured into a practically flawless live act.

Neill_Cawley (November 11, 2009)

I'm digging Serf Combat's MySpace. I guess I'm going through a UK bands kick right now (studying there next semester). Also jamming Calvinball and Apologies I Have None.

ffwoodycooks (November 11, 2009)

‚??King of Shit Fuck Mountain‚?Ě

always nice to see a Mr. Show reference.

Serf_Toby (November 11, 2009)

Wow, thanks very much for the lovely review; it really blows our minds to think people so many miles away are hearing music we recorded over here in the south of England. If anyone from England or hereabouts wants a copy just drop us a message via our myspace /serfcombat and we can post one out.

In the name of shameless advertising we also have a split four way 7" which also features Southport (ex Snuff), Offshore Radio (members of Dauntless Elite) and Achtung Everybody. There's also a new split cassette with Colt Seavers (awesome raw Bronx style hardcore).

Thanks again

Toby (Serf Combat)

GregM510 (November 10, 2009)

this is a great little 7", glad i picked it up.

hobbzoid (November 10, 2009)

I saw Shot Baker once and they were terrible. Boring Sidney. Boring.

justinucr (November 10, 2009)

awesome! thanks for the review!

Shot Baker covers England Belongs to Me and Serf Combat cover Talkpeople

this split is available here:
http://undercomm.bigcartel.com/
noidearecords.com (distro)
interpunk.com
vinylcollective.com

badseed (November 10, 2009)

Nice review, but you forgot to say which Cock Sparrer song Shot Baker cover here. It's 'England Belongs To Me' if anyone cares.

mattramone (November 10, 2009)

This split's rad as shit.

Glad Sloane wasn't a huge woman about it.

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