Album Review

Repulski, Graham – “Success Racist” – [Self Released]

Thurston Hunger   8/15/2015   A Library, CD

It used to be I tried to sneak one of Robert Pollard’s
empty beer bottles to find the lyrics printed at the
bottom, but Mr. “Repulski” went one better, collected
some DNA samples and with some gene therapy and king
dice found the same magic. Book-worm wordplay? Check!
An undeniable ear for the pop hook? Check! An almost
British sensibility in sound? Check! Amps distoring
to the point of fuse suicide? Check! Short songs that
stick in your head a long time? Check! You used to hear
about people crawling into a suitcase to travel the
world, but they all died harrowing and suffocating
deaths. Emerging from the GBV suitcase, “Repulski”
has a strong heartbeat and plenty of wind in his
lung pipes. Even a child comes along, and he, can we
call him Drew maybe (I couldn’t quite listen to the
whole Flab interview), keeps up the dirty tasty pop
without missing a beat. I think his kid even appears
here on “White Soul Composition” uttering a simple “Stop”
at the outset. Welcome to the battle of wills, Dad! Me,
I want to set up playdates with your ditties and GBV
songbook shots, the excellent “Former Certainties Ending
In Doubt” meet “Cyclops” and so forth. I liked a lot of
the earlier Repulskities, but this album is chock
full of triumph. And Todd Tobias again along for the

-Thurston Hunger

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