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Heavy Times – "I'm Single" (HoZac)

8 November 2012

Coming off of their excellent sophomore album, Jacker, Chicago’s Heavy Times has reached an even higher level of low-fi, noisy punk pop psychedelia with this 7” single. This, their second release from HoZac, has three wonderful tracks. The one thing linking them are that each have really cool and not overly complicated lead riffs. The fuzzed rhythm guitar lays down the foundation on “I’m Single”, an outstanding punk track that comes off like Jay Reatard meets Radio Birdman. It kick starts you instantly and doesn’t let up. It gets a little ’60s on “Unsolved Mysteries”, where the guitar occasionally sounds steely and Eastern. The Spector pop blueprint in “Bath Salts” is just plain fun, way much more fun than the effect they had on that dude in Florida. These songs might drive you crazy but not in a eat-someone’s-face-off kind of way. They’re catchy and extremely difficult to resist. At under 7 minutes of running time, you’d be surprised at how much time you’ll want to spend listening to it.

 

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