Monday, January 1, 2018

Outtacontroller - No Echo

Quick: name the best present-day band I've never reviewed on this blog. I'm sure you could come up with a few, but prior to today my own pick would have been Outtacontroller. It seems almost ridiculous that a blog like mine wouldn't have already featured Outtacontroller numerous times. This band out of Halifax, Nova Scotia could not be any more up my alley. It does that late '70s buzzsaw powerpop/punk thing I like so well with just enough garage grit to identify it as contemporary. After a couple of albums and a single on P. Trash Records, No Echo arrives as the fourth-ever release on Jarama 45RPM Recs out of Madrid. You know I'm a big fan of that label, and this EP fits right in with all of its previous releases. It's crammed full of poppy punk goodness - with four smokin' cuts spinning, of course, at 45 RPM. From the opening note, I was in toe-tapping, head-bobbing heaven. The "hit", "Cheap Leather Jacket", is a perfect example of how to go way to the pop side of things without having to sacrifice any punch. And any fan of Ramones/Dickies inspired punk pop will go crazy for all four of these tunes. Depending on how you determine the release date, this is either the final great record of 2017 or the first great record of 2018. Either way, I am pumped to kick off the new year with something this killer. If you're not already into Outacontroller, go buy everything they've done! 


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