SMIRK

SMIRK (DRUNKEN SAILOR)

SMIRK - SMIRK 145233
Format:
1 LP
Release:
07.05.2021
Label:
DRUNKEN SAILOR
Genre:
Hardcore/Punk
Kat.-Nr.:
145233
Barcode:
5056321656216
A year characterised by a pandemic, lockdowns, political ineptitude and oh, so much staying the fuck at home is enough to make anyone want to blow off a little steam.

One overused piece of glib idiocy at the start of the Trump era was 'at least punk will be good', as though punk can only be good when it flips the bird to right-wing, authritarian shit-headery rather than amplifying anything else.

Sure, there've been plenty of great records over the last four years, but sometimes (across the whole of 2020, for instance) the levels of anger, fear and frustration can be overwhelming and you need a little space to goof around.

For some of us, though, goofing around is serious business - and here's a record to illustrate that perfectly.

Smirk is the solo project of Public Eye's Nick Vicario, and while you'll hear similarities to his main outfit across these 12 excellent tracks (from the off, you can imagine how PE might refine garage-carved nuggets like 'S Construction'), here there's less sang-froid and more_ well, fun.

The reference points you might expect are still there (Killed By Death comps and Wire, especially their 80s period, to name a couple), but with added scuzz and something even approaching joy - the whirling synths of 'Eyes Conversing' feel ominous, but they also convey a sense of delirious excitement.

And dammit, it's all fucking cool too. With a name like Smirk, your first instinct might well be to wonder whether Vicario is laughing at us.

The first line of the album (a defiant 'it's not funny') should tell you that this isn't the case, but the album certainly finds him in playful mood.

The tasteful acoustic instrumental 'Lude 2' descends deliberately into farce as it speeds up and slows down like a turntable alternating speeds, or a record warping in real time.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. S CONSTRUCTION
  • 1.2. VIOLENT GAME
  • 1.3. BLIND
  • 1.4. EYES CONVERSING
  • 1.5. LUDE 2
  • 1.6. MIND TEMP
  • 1.7. DO YOU?
  • 1.8. GOONS ON THE BEACH
  • 1.9. NEW WAY OUT
  • 1.10. LUDE
  • 1.11. STEP
  • 1.12. IRRELEVANT MAN