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Shitripper - Brain Defect Album Review

26 Jul 2013 // A review by River Tucker

There's something very traditionally punk about Shitripper’s latest release Brain Defect. The Auckland based six-piece band isn’t your average three-chord punk outfit though, with a hardcore edge and snappy raucous songs sure to keep you on your toes.

Bursting your eardrums in all the right places, Shitripper’s second album kicks off with Noise Solution and its straightforward message; turn the volume up! The short but sweet On/Off also pulls no punches and is worth cranking. With fantastic chord structures, the title track Brain Defect is a tight angst ridden beast of a song. There are so many great choices on this album that it’s hard to say if it’s the pick of the bunch. Clocking in at just 32 seconds is the self-explanatory Short Song’s A Good Song and playing to the bands strengths, Parasite with its effective timing changes also does the businesses nicely.

Then it’s time for a Che Guevara Energy Drink, which is all about rebranding revolution to make it more palatable for the masses. Traitor runs along similar lines of selling out to the establishment. Not to be outdone is Count Me Out, which sums up the mood of disaffected youth perfectly. Locking it down is Four Walls with expert bass flourishes and even a small guitar solo to set the scene.

If you weren’t already a fan, We’ve Come For Your Children is bound to convert you to the hardcore movement. Then, Spit Or Swallow effectively showcases the dual vocal talents of Justin and Simon. Take It Back starts off slower but soon picks it up to end in some expertly timed stabs and last but not least is Peter Pan Night Light, a perfect hardcore ending to a fantastic punk rock album.

Anti-establishment themes and a blistering pace throughout the thirteen-tracks cover all the thrashcore bases while musical depth and fantastic production will keep you coming back for more. However the music isn’t all you get with this release, it’s accompanied by an awesome twenty-page booklet of lyrics and artwork well worth checking out.

If you like your punk music fast and without compromise, Shitripper's latest release Brain Defect is the CD for you.

Brain Defect
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About Shitripper

6 piece Auckland hardcore punk band Shitripper formed in late 2007 and have been playing their brand of fast, angry, straight-to-the-point music ever since. Lead by an intense and layered duel vocal attack their songs are honest and flatout - most clocking inunder 2 minutes. They share their sound and energy with bands like Circle Jerks, Minor Threat, F Minus & Trash Talk.

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Brain Defect
Year: 2013
Type: Album
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Bad Boy 1
Year: 2008
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