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Steve Adamyk Band

Monterrey

(Hosehead; US: 16 Jul 2013; UK: 16 Jul 2013)

It takes a certain type of band to fit four songs on a 7” EP without the end result sounding rushed. Steve Adamyk Band, the gnarly four-piece out of Ottawa, pull off the feat on Monterrey without forsaking any of the relentless energy they’ve made a name for themselves upon. Evoking some of Jay Reatard’s more invigorating material, Monterrey is a streamlined yet thoroughly enjoyable listen. The title track blasts along with brisk enthusiasm, yet still follows through on each of the punchy riffs. The band certainly allow the four tracks a chance to breathe, but make no mistake, Steve Adamyk Band is a meat-and-potatoes punk rock act who don’t aim to complicate the formula they’ve laid through their four previous full-lengths. “Front to Back”, the longest track here, is as chunky as anything this band has ever written, and firmly establishes them as an act that possesses a sense of self-awareness that compliments their aesthetic.

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Joshua Kloke is a music writer and hopeless Toronto Maple Leafs fan who splits his time between Melbourne, Australia and Canada. He's contributed to The Vancouver Sun, Exclaim!, Beatroute, Beat Magazine, Time Out and veri.live.


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