Killing Time - SLUMBERLAND
FILTER Grade: 84%
By Jon Pruett on February 24, 2012
The San Francisco–area trio come in and get the job done on Killing Time, the band’s debut after a few single releases via cassette and 45. The key moments within their previous output (“I’m Neurotic,” “Something About You”) are fused into 30-plus minutes of punk-pop bliss. Lest ye be confused, this is punk-pop built in the razor-sharp image of the Buzzcocks’ Spiral Scratch EP, with a chunk of the doe-eyed bliss-noise combo found on the first Ramones album. Produced with just a haze of reverb and echo over each cut, this is resolutely no-frills, fist-pumping and evenly hook-driven. What’s constantly surprising is how straight the band play it. Despite a few white-hot, art-damaged guitar squalls, this is punk’s original simplicity fused with lovesick pop—an explosive and welcomed joyous noise.