Album Review

Shirks, The – “Action Men” – [Cricket Cemetery]

Thurston Hunger   11/29/2013   7-inch, A Library

Time travel via riffs. Peel off the decades, peel out of the
parking lot. The guitarists slash with a bar chord, and
then burn with treble end sting. Vocals aren’t wasted drunk
but well on their way and enjoying the party. The drums use
$1 worth of gasoline and somehow run all night. On “Gimme Less”
Less is for the best, they walk the walk, they sing those
lines and deliver the message in person. Rock ‘n’ roll blast.
All three songs share the same DNA, the latter two jump
you with the drums right from the start. The first gives
the drummer one breath to rest and then into the fray.
High energy, high reward and higher decibels. Sure to
sound even better on car stereos as the cars blitz past
the speed limit. Three songs, gone to seed and gone too
quickly, seems like the Shirks have been plugging in and
plugging away at it in Washington, DC for a while. Pretty
ruling power punk from a label with a lot of action in
different directions.

-Thurston Hunger

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