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Heavy Manners

by Sick Sick Birds

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TOX09: Sick Sick Birds - Heavy Manners 12" LP [June 2009]

Baltimore's Sick Sick Birds present their debut LP, and we couldn't be happier to be involved with this band on their third release. This album is leaps and bounds ahead of what they were doing on their "Chemical Trains" EP, which is one hell of a feat as that record did not disappoint in the least. The songs here are tighter, cleaner, and more vivid. The band takes a bit more of a relaxed approach here, but that doesn't mean it doesn't pack the same punch as it used to, it's blows are just more precise. The hooks are there for sure, they're just a bit more subtle, which ends up making them all the more effective. If you've become used to the band's previous material then this stuff will certainly knock you back a bit, but it's got claws that'll grab you immediately. Elements of 1990s indie greats like the Pixies, Superchunk, Chisel, and Juliana Hatfield are prevalent, but there are also nods to Athens' Elephant Six scene as well. We were quite blown away when we first heard this recording and have no doubt you will be as well.


released June 1, 2009


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Releasing great hardcore/punk records since 2002 for bands like The Spark, Ruiner, Nux Vomica, Formaldehyde Junkies, Psyched To Die, the Ergs, Pulling Teeth and more.

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