Second: Cat Fight
, the latest from Chicago's Lasers and Fast and Shit
, may just be the musical equivalent of base jumping. At five tracks and a hair under 10 minutes in length, the band plow through frenetic, metallic-tinged punk rock that straddles the line between danceable and rage-worthy.
It's commendable when a band lives up to their name, and Lasers and Fast and Shit do just that on Second: Cat Fight
. To say the band's tunes are fast is an understatement - no track on the EP comes within 15 seconds of the three minute mark.
Yet the songs don't feel rushed because LFS seem to know their strengths are concise, rowdy and careening moments that are all about fat, crunchy guitars, bullet train rhythms and distorted, hardcore screams.
And within this context the band still play it pretty melodic. The album's production is quite clean, which really works to separate them from the lofi trendiness that would have been an obvious approach. This results in a few moments that are actually quite bouncy like the ascending, skank-able groove of "Airports," that also works to spread the gospel that airports are, in fact, "BORING!"
"Detroit City Lions of Mexico City" kicks off with skintight snare hits alongside warbling bass before opening up into an unnerving set of freight train riffage. Meanwhile, the coked-up jam "Cat Fight USA," which seems to come from the prospective of one pissed off pussy, alternates between OFF-like guitars and stoner metal breakdowns.
It's hard to argue with output like this when it's coming from a band called Lasers and Fast and Shit, which is why I won't even try. For those in need of chaotic energy bursts that aren't short melody and fun, pounce on Second: Cat Fight
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LASERS AND FAST AND SHIT
9:00 p.m. Sunday, March 25.