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ssssnakes: Kissss Thissss [12-inch]Kissss Thissss [12-inch] (2011)
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2010 marked the beginning of something special for UK punk. To celebrate this occasion, Specialist Subject Records released a four-way split 7'' featuring four bands from the UK that were making the trip to the U.S. to play the distinguished The Fest in Gainsville, Fla. Curiously, ssssnakes were not.
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2010 marked the beginning of something special for UK punk. To celebrate this occasion, Specialist Subject Records released a four-way split 7'' featuring four bands from the UK that were making the trip to the U.S. to play the distinguished The Fest in Gainsville, Fla. Curiously, ssssnakes were not one of those bands.

ssssnakes have just released their debut full-length, Kissss Thissss, on the same record label that released that 7''. The promotional material for the album cites the Descendents as a sound-alike band, and on the quick bursts of "Donald Trump", "It's Cool" and "Three Times a Lady", it's a suggestion that is founded in truth. The band don't take themselves very seriously and carve their niche in the UK scene somewhere between the abrasive, gin-pickled vocals of Bangers and the energetic and erratic Break the Habit.

The lyrical content isn't really worth mentioning, but suffice to say that it is extremely direct and to the point. This isn't a problem, though, when the vocal performance is as impressive and impassioned as the one on show in tracks like "Bumblebees" with that great, yelled chorus harmony of "Chicks are the devil!" The most memorable moments of the record are shown in the spoken-word sections of "Feel Better" and in the punk sea-shanty "Dylan Is Dead"; both clearly showcase the band's ability to stand out from the crowd when they want to. The melodic flourishes of surf-influenced lead guitar in songs like "I'm a Loser" and "Piña Colada" should draw many comparisons to the likes of Warren Fitzgerald from the Vandals and are used effectively in keeping things interesting and filling the gaps between the verses and choruses.

Despite every compliment I can throw at the band, however, "Microphone Head" is among the worst songs I've heard all year.

This four-piece from Swansea, UK have created an album that works well on many levels. Most importantly, though, it brings a smile to my face. It would be fair to call it a mindless and lyrically unimaginative record, but in a way, it feels like this was their intention: to produce an album of songs that were high on passion and energy above all else. They've certainly succeeded at doing that.

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sketchyjoe (February 10, 2011)

This is a fun album. It's like the members of the Arteries decided they'd rather be in The Shitty Limits.

MagnetBox (February 8, 2011)

I'm also outraged by what is and isn't reviewed on this website. Damn outraged. Sure I could submit reviews myself but I need someone else to tell me that the album I like is good. Get your shit together, punknews.

superskabro (February 8, 2011)

So let me get this straight: The "new" Dopamines' record was released LAST summer and these punknews punks STILL haven't posted one of the half-dozen submitted reviews? But they found time to post a review of THIS?!?!?! YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!!

mitch91 (February 8, 2011)

So this gets a review but Dead Sea by The Arteries doesn't, and this is essentially a side-project for members of The Arteries.

mowlio (February 8, 2011)

This album would have made an awesome 8 track ep.

Rich27 (February 8, 2011)

A good album - yeah the lyrical content will never win a prize but then neither would a lot of the Descendents lyrics. As a piece of work which is probably intended to be fun and nothing else I think this works quite well. Despite it's potential for being a throwaway release I think this is something that will crop up from time to time when I want something to shake the blues away!

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