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Holy Shakes debut album out May 25

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The Holy Shakes will release their debut on May 25.
  • Thick Records
  • The Holy Shakes will release their debut on May 25.

You might recall a little band from Hot Springs called The Holy Shakes, who won the Times 2012 Musicians Showcase a few weeks ago with a potent blend of punk rock attitude, brawny rhythms and nervy, live-wire guitar. Well that band's got an album coming out next month on Thick Records and folks, it is a bruiser.

That won't be surprising for anyone who's caught the band live. Opener "One of These Days," sets the tone for the album, which is all casual threats and sneering and swagger and menacing vibes. The record recalls the best of the sort of discordant punk rock that put the emphasis on "rock" and that seemed to be in disconcertingly short supply after say, 1999 or whenever it was that Skull Kontrol broke up.

Anyone who digs the kind of inspired punk Dischord Records was dishing out in the '90s or Drive Like Jehu or those gnarly sounding Chris Thomson-fronted bands — e.g. Circus Lupus, Monorchid, the aforementioned Skull Kontrol — should get The Holy Shakes debut. It's available via 0s and 1s on May 25 or the heavy LP (180 Gs! Clear or black vinyl!) on July 12.

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