Sunday, November 11, 2012

Summer Schatzies-Take me to Bohemia EP (2012)

New from Budapest, Summer Schatzies write songs in five minutes, and it shows. No, wait, don't take that as a diss! The instantly disposable, trash aesthetic is part of what makes this EP so much fun.

Featuring Zsofia from Piresian Beach on vocals, the Schatzies are, simply, a surf-garage band: gone are the weird warblings, tripped out guitars and druggy vibes of PB, in favor of crude-to-the-point-of-parody guitar and drumming. The closest "Final Solution" gets to complexity is the counterpoised vocals and drumbeat. "Take me to Bohemia" sounds like a punk song your favorite bar band would play if it was 1976, the Ramones LP had just come out, and this band's only other reference point for "punk" was the Ventures: it has a crude, thudding beat with suitably trashed surf guitar.

I'm guessing "Spooks in Love" took ten minutes, not five, to write, and anyway, they made a video for it! "Spooks" slows things down a bit, with no distortion, and has a certain whimsical charm to it. "Fall in Love in Naples" is more garageslop, with male vox, giving it a slightly sleazier vibe than the other tracks. Needless to say, it works.

Summer Schatzies is great for acting like it's a lot warmer than it should be in the Northern Hemisphere, given that it's November: spin it here, then buy the fucker.

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