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These guys start out strong; I’m always a fan of the male/female competing vocals. It’s faster-paced, but it’s not thrash. It’s too catchy and melodic for that, with a focus on the vocals. (And FYI, I’m not suggesting that thrash can’t be both catchy and melodic, that’s just not generally the focus.) That said, the melodies definitely ta
These guys start out strong; I’m always a fan of the male/female competing vocals. It’s faster-paced, but it’s not thrash. It’s too catchy and melodic for that, with a focus on the vocals. (And FYI, I’m not suggesting that thrash can’t be both catchy and melodic, that’s just not generally the focus.) That said, the melodies definitely take me back to early California hardcore and the early ’80s. It’s also got some goth elements sprinkled in there. Ultimately, it’s punk rock that is both original and nicely done. I’m a fan. “Party Animal” is my new theme song. It’s actually not, that was just a joke. Keep on rockin’.
I've seen the Shit Talkers live a few times. They're funny, they kick ass, and they connect with their audience very effectively. Their soon to be released album Quack was recorded by Steve Loree at Iron Dick Studios in Princeton BC, and mastered at the Wreckhouse in Toronto. The first song on it “put a collar on it” will be digitally released on April 1st with the rest of the album following later in the month. It is apparently a story told by Dirty Kurt (the Real Mckenzies, SNFU, etc...) about being pestered by Paul Mckenzie. If you have ever met Dirty Kurt you probably know he likes to tell fishing stories. I can identify with that because I love to tell fishing stories. Anyways, It's a great album. The singing on it is great and it has a bunch of quality songs. Put a collar on it is a ripping punk rock tune similar to something Nashville Pussy Might play, then a few songs later is Phone Phone Phone and it sounds like it could be on Frank Zappa's album Freekout. They finish it off with my favorite track, “walk of shame”. There isn't room for me to tell you why I like it so much but what the hell do I know anyway, go buy it and decide for yourself.
- Murray (the cretin) Acton
Coming from the Slits school of punk the Shit Talkers may well speak it but sound like they don’t take any of it. This mini album is full of quirky life observations, pounding rhythms and edgy guitar work. It’s not a complicated record. It’s not pretending to be anything it isn’t. That said the production is well balanced and the song writing never gets dull. The vocals come in with just the right amount of clarity without being too clean. They’re pretty rapid fire most of the time too. It’s a set of songs that you just know will kick ass live. ‘Quack’ doesn’t duck (sorry – not sorry) any punches, it just stands up strong and dares you not to leap about and have fun. The Shit Talkers once again prove to be far from shit musicians.
Making punk fun again are The Shit Talkers from Canada. What they’ve done with True Stories De Nada is take all that edgy dis-chord and anger you normally get and make it catchy…..but not too catchy. Then they’ve added some wonderfully irreverent lyrics and Bob (or should that be Bobbie) is your uncle (aunt). It’s a record that sits nicely in the garage mould and still shouts quality. Canada has form for producing class acts. Kittie and Kill Matilda spring to mind here. And now we can add The Shit Talkers to that list. Anyone that can come up with a songs like ‘Makin Bay Beez’ and ‘Boob Sox’ and have them make their point while still having a laugh too deserve to be taken notice of. The Shit Talkers, cool name, do anything but, and they do it with a grin on their faces, and right now we need as much happy as we can get.
What is it about Canada that it gifts the world so much great music? Most will know the big metal hitters such as Kittie and Kobra And The Lotus, some may even be fans of less well known acts such as Kill Matilda. Well now there’s a fresh band from the land of the maple leaf called The Shit Talkers and if this eight track feast is anything to go by they deserve some global recognition too. Using punk as a starting point this four piece bring enough wider influence into the mix to sound fresh. There are nods towards The Slits and The Muffs in there along with a punchy garage vibe that makes I Scream sound like it wants to bring bit of anarchy into your life. Wonderfully vibrant and played with some skill this record demands you pogo along. The Shit Talkers have done Canada proud.
Review by Gary Trueman
“We were gonna call ourselves the Real Talkers in the beginning. We’re actually just taking quotes from people and making songs out of them, so we did kinda feel like we were doing a little shit talking at that point, but it was nice shit talking. We were just having fun, even though the name makes it sound like we’re a bunch of assholes.”