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BIRTHDAY SUITS- "Spin The Bottle: Adult Party" LP

BIRTHDAY SUITS- "Spin The Bottle: Adult Party" LP

I've been in love with MPLS's (By the way of Japan) Birthday Suits since the first time we ever shared a stage. This two piece is the best live two piece out there! I'm proud to have them on Recess This one-sided 12" slab oozes that great live set onto your needle! Here's What Scene Point Blank says: "Birthday Suits always surprise me on record. Live, itís fierce and reckless; sweaty mayhem and cathartic rock Ďní roll. On record, itís more calculated, with the vocals coming stronger in place of the guitar/drum overload that powers the live show. The Minneapolis two-piece play something in the vein of garage rock, but with a ballsy and crafty ďseriousĒ musicianship thatís as unkempt as The Stooges but alternately as precise as AC/DC. Maybe throw a little hiddenRamones in there somewhere too, and itís rock like itís meant to be. Traditional yet inspiring and ultimately unique. Adult Party: Spin the Bottle is just their third full-length in ten years as a band, and itís just nine songs in 16 minutes at that. Those 9 songs, though, donít ever let up. Intro jam ďJohntroĒ showcases what the band is about, with hooky guitar and drumming that inspires new directional twists throughout the memorable bitsóangular garage with a focus on the L-O-U-D. It then segues seamlessly into ďHappy Man Forty Two Late.Ē Certainly an odd title for a song, but itís driving and head-bobbing rock with the vocals from Hideo Takahashi punchy and articulateótheyíre sung, but with an emphatic punctuality that hits on the beat. His voice has a touch of a yelp to, or a slightly higher pitch bark that plays well over the guitar tone, though tends to play second fiddle on stage. The record carries different tempos within the songs, but never with a slow song thrown in the mix. Birthday Suits approach is to play loud and to play fast, letting up time to time within the song in well-structured pieces that could probably be three times longer if played by other musicians. These arenít three chords distortions being thrown at an audience for 2 minutes a pop; theyíre real songs with movements and progressions, wound so tightly that the tension is the defining emotion conveyed, the strings wringing and ready to pop. While itís more melodic on the record than live (where itís more furious), itís a punchy record of impressive musicianship and a testament to the fact that garage/punk/noise/whatever you choose to call it, isnít an anti-art statement, itís just a tighter package that showcases different emotions."

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