Smugglers
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Atlanta Whiskey Flats , 5/10
Wet Pants Club , 5/10
Selling The Sizzle , 5/10
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Vancouver's Smugglers concot a wild mixture of punk-rock, garage-rock, rock and roll and rhythm'n'blues.

The 10" At Marineland (Nardwuar, 1991) is exuberant garage-surf in the Fleshtones tradition: Pebble Beach, Jailbait, Calgarian's Don't Dance.

A revamped line-up recorded the vastly more melodic Atlanta Whiskey Flats (Popllama, 1992) that veers towards the punk-pop canon (Fun In The USA). The first two records were later collected with assorted rarities on In The Hall of Fame (Popllama, 1993).

Wet Pants Club (Radiation, 1993), with the peppy hook of Paper Doll, the EP Party Party Party Pooper (Mint, 1994), with Smuggler King, and the EP Senor Pantsdown (Rock and Roll, 1995) transitioned the band towards a more mature (but no less hyper) sound.

That progression led to Selling The Sizzle (Mint, 1996), a relatively professional album that boasts full-fledge guitar attack from Nick Thomas and Dave Carswell and improved vocalizing by singer Grant Lawrence. Serve And Protect, Especially You, She Ain't No Egyptian are less retro than their songs used to be, less ebullient and more personal.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Pierpaolo Palermo)

Gli Smugglers di Vancouver combinano in una miscela esplosiva punk-rock, garage-rock, rock and roll e rhythm and blues. Il 10 At Marineland (Nardwuar, 1991) è esuberante garage-surf sullo stile dei Fleshtones: Pebble Beach, Jailbait, Calgarian's Don't Dance.

Una formazione ritoccata registra Atlanta Whiskey Flats (Popllama, 1992), decisamente più melodico, che vira verso il canone punk-pop (Fun In The USA). I primi due dischi saranno poi raccolti insieme a rarità assortite su In The Hall of Fame (Popllama, 1993).

Wet Pants Club (Radiation, 1993), con la vivace ed accattivante Paper Doll, lEP Party Party Party Pooper (Mint, 1994), con Smuggler King, e lEP Senor Pantsdown (Rock and Roll, 1995) vedono la transizione della band verso un suono più maturo (sebbene non meno adrenalinico).

Questa evoluzione porta a Selling The Sizzle (Mint, 1996), un album relativamente professionale che vanta un impatto chitarristico pienamente maturo da parte di Nick Thomas e Dave Carswell , ed una tecnica vocale migliorata per il cantante Grant Lawrence.

Serve And Protect, Especially You, She Ain't No Egyptian sono meno retro delle vecchie canzoni, meno esuberanti e più personali.

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