That bass starts and I freak out a bit because my brain instantly goes “Mclusky?!” as though that’s a totally normal response to a few guttural, sloppily plucked bass notes. Then every other piece of the band pops in and fuck, “Social Anxiety” no longer requires a reflex inspired by a fucked up Welsh thug punk band to get me excited.
No offense to Savages or anything, but if I’m reaching for Sonic Youth indebted post-punk in the year 2013, I’m reaching for the Courtneys’ self-titled 12”. And if you’re smart, you’ll order the re-press now and do so yourself.
Nick Hanover got his degree from Disneyland, but he’s the last of the secret agents and he’s your man. Which is to say you can find his particular style of espionage here at Loser City as well as Ovrld, where he contributes music reviews and writes a column on undiscovered Austin bands. You can also flip through his archives at Comics Bulletin, which he is formerly the Co-Managing Editor of, and Spectrum Culture, where he contributed literally hundreds of pieces for a few years. Or if you feel particularly adventurous, you can always witness his odd .gif battles with Dylan Garsee on twitter: @Nick_Hanover