There have been some great punk rock reissues this year. The Big Boys and 100 Flowers come to immediate mind, but up to now there hadn’t been a great new punk rock record this year. You often hear the argument that punk rock is played out, or worse dead (shudder). Usually I don’t argue, because it isn’t often that I hear a new punk band that isn’t. The Sleaze are here to tell you that ain’t the case and renew your faith in the underbelly of rock n’ roll. The Minneapolis band’s output has been sporadic since unleashing their killer debut single Smokin’ Fuckin’ Cigs back in 2008, but the Total Punk label has corralled these foul mouthed, snot nosed adolescents and gotten them to put out an 8 song 12 inch.
I love the colicky delivery and the high pitched nasal vocals and the adrenaline fueled guitars. Tektonix Girls is the easy highlight of this set. There are two versions of it on the record, the hyper version that leads off and then a slightly restrained version that concludes it. In between are 6 more songs that will leave you no desire to go back and revisit punk rock history because all you need is right here.
The Sleaze are officially broken up and have been since 2010, but they just played SXSW in March, so who knows what that means…Hopefully to be continued.