Record Label: Sub Pop
Scathing, furious and hilarious, Pissed Jeans 4th is more of the blood pumpingly brilliant same
Pissed Jeans are not the kind of band you would expect to dig out when searching for a band whose core values are clairvoyance, coherence and tunefulness. In that respect it's equally as surprising as it is brave that they're signed to Sub Pop, a label who have always specialized in records that find the perfect balance point between idiosyncracy and beautiful melodies.
Pissed Jeans are certainly not one of THOSE bands, but "Honeys" is aural pleasure from completely the other end of the spectrum. It spits bile, rage, hilarious wit and deep- cutting sarcasm, all to the backdrop of sludgy, dirty, guttural and frenzied noise that harks back to Black Flag as much as it does the Butthole Surfers and The Jesus Lizard.
Opener "Bathroom Laughter" and "Cathouse" are both absolute punk ragers, whilst there's plenty of Southern- fried swagger in the dirty riffage of "Vain in Costume." "Health Plan" is a hilarious middle finger to the American health system, spewing such lyrical gems as "You wanna know how I stay fit? I stay away from doctors!" Closer "Teenage Adult" is a groove laden beast that runs as an absolutely scathing character assasination of an unnamed protagonist.
You shouldn't be looking for any emotional realism in "Honeys", nor should Bad Religion fans be looking for clear cut, politically empowering power punk fist- pumpers. It's dirty, it's funny, it's feral, which pretty much ticks all the boxes to make an incredibly exciting punk rock record.
Key Tracks: Health Plan, Teenage Adult, Cathouse
For fans of: Black Flag, Butthole Surfers, The Jesus Lizard