Two punk rock bands joined together on Canada Day this year for an all-day recording session at a studio in Chesterville, Ontario. It must have been an exhausting and frantic day, full of unbridled and destructive punk energy, but the result is a collection of unexpectedly tight and often, hooky songs.
The three songs by Peterborough’s Antixx in particular shine in their playful and at time surprisingly poppy melodies, paired with vulnerable lyrics about anxiety and inner conflict. “Livin Hell” stands out as an anthem for perseverance in an uncertain time.
Flaws, an Ottawa band made up of members of the Tenenbaums and ex-Muelkik, make up the other half of the album. Their songs are heavier and darker than Antixx’s, the lead vocals more torn up, and the lyrics less openly confessional, but it’s an overall more sprawling, sonically ambitious set, with songs forever shifting and evolving, even within their sub-three minute runtimes.
Antixx/Flaws’ Shit Sandwich is available for purchase on Bandcamp.
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