A generation removed from a number of brilliant Western Mass bands that mixed pop melodies and occasional hooks with a strong punk rock foundation (think Dinosaur Jr and the Pixies), Potty Mouth have managed to resurrect much of that same loud, fast smart indie rock spirit on their sophomore LP, Snafu.
Following up 2015’s EP and their 2013 debut, the band (now a trio), spent much of their time away from the studio road-testing and perfecting the tracks that make up this new record. The result is a lean, 10 songs that overshadow anything they’ve done before.
Stripped completely of any unnecessary bloat, every distorted guitar chord, every drum beat, every lyric serves a purpose here. Singer/bassist Abby Weems has a confidence in her vocals that drive tracks like the album opener “Do it Again” and the infectious “Bottom Feeder”. She can deftly switch from faster fare to more mellow songs with ease, bringing to mind everyone from Liz Phair and The Muffs to The Lemonheads.
It may have taken a while for the band to follow up their debut, but the time was clearly not wasted.
POTTY MOUTH – Snafu / 10 tracks / Get Better Records / 2019 / Bandcamp /