Sunday, September 06, 2015

EP Review: 'Shit Present' by Shit Present

Title: Shit Present (Specialist Subject Records, BandCamp [Specialist Subject], iTunes)
Artist: Shit Present (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

Shit Present began as a solo side project for Great Cynics' bassist Iona Cairns and in less than a year has grown into a full fledged band featuring ex-members of The Smith Street Band and OK Pilot that has written and recorded the best debut of 2015. Shit Present is a five-song EP of indie punk power pop perfection. With a decidedly '90s influence this EP is so much more than the work of a wannabe nostalgia band. The songs are unbelievably catchy with lyrics that are personal and poignant while at the same time relatable and inspirational. Cairns has a voice that captures the frustration and joy of being a misfit journeying through the trials and tribulations of life, love, and growing up. In a lot of ways Shit Present feels like it picks up where Great Cynics' I Feel Weird left off. Cairns wrote and sang my favorite song from that record (which is one of this year's best IHMO) so it's no surprise that her new band sounds pretty much like what you'd expect after “North Street.”

The EP opens with two indie punk anthems that would have fit as perfectly next to the likes of The Lemonheads, Dinosaur Jr., and Superchunk in 1992 as they do today next to Beach Slang, Candy Hearts, and Cheap Girls in “Anxious Type” and “Kick Me.” Next is the heartfelt and brutally honest almost ballad “Melbourne” followed by the emotionally raw “Evaporate.” The EP closes out with the desperation of “Bury It,” a crunching mid-tempo perfect ending to a brilliant record.

Shit Present is absolutely a band to watch and their self-titled debut is one of the best records of the year. This is a must for fans of Great Cynics (obviously), Broadcaster, The Thermals, The Breeders, Belly, and any of the aforementioned bands. 

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