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Starkers - Starkers Reviewed by Chris Chilton

04 Nov 2005 // A review by Starkers
No denying it. Starkers like it hard.

At peak thrash points on their blood-raw five-track EP they positively reek of punk.

There's the same aggro in the guitars, thud in the rhythm section and snot in the vocals that set the Sex Pistols on their merry anarchic way back in '77. But there serious attempts at pigeonholing Starkers end in tears.

While fleeting snippets of sound present themselves for cross-referencing _ a dash of Clash, some Stooges signs, a Ramones-style riff, perhaps even the Chruch and the Pixies _ Starkers are a band with their own hard rock agenda.

There's energy and intensity to burn throughout the five searing tracks on their debut recording, driven by a rhythm section _ bass guitarist Angus Morrison and drummer Matt Ward _ that delivers seriously good, tight thud.

The twin guitar sounds of Keir Morrison and Dave Devlin bite like two razor-sharp rows of great white shark teeth, in perfect symmetry and glistening with menace.

And in the midst of this buzzing frontal cacophony, Adrian Barclay's semi-detached, anguished vocal persona sends each straight-ahead rock song lurching slightly off-kilter, complementing and completing the band's first speedy journey down its own indie road.

Special mention goes to co-producer and engineer Leon McElhinney, who crafted the recording at Geoff Burn's Flame Studios. The sounds, and the mix, on this CD are very loud and very cool.

About Starkers

Rock n Roll band baby. Starkers were the winners of the Southland Regional Finals in the World Battle of the Bands in 2004, and were placed 3rd in Dunedin. They were also placed 4th in the Jacklive competition.

Starkers have played support for The Managers , The Situations (formally Devil Gate Drive), supported Ruptus Jack on their Jack Frost tour in Dunedin, Queenstown and Wanaka and played for international act Vialka. They are Invercargill's premiere live original Rock n Roll band.

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Year: 2005
Type: EP

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