Squirrel Bait
Skag Heaven


4.5
superb

Review

by C.F. USER (18 Reviews)
June 29th, 2012 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A logical step between Discharge and Jawbreaker.

From the get-go, Skag Heaven let's the listener know what it's all about. Right out of the gate, with the intro to “Kid Dynamite”, it's chaotic, it's booming, it's noisy and it's fast as hell. The guitars swirl around, saturated in a fuzzy d-beat sort of way with a rhythm section that stays tight in a complex groove. Yet suddenly, just when it starts to sound like the first 20 seconds of a Discharge album, the band settles into a steady melodic sweet spot, complete with passionate and unwavering vocals. The song continues to blend these elements of disorienting speed and grounded melody.

“Kid Dynamite” serves as an exemplary case of what this album is all about – 25 minutes of straight forward punk songs at breakneck speeds with enough melody to be a precursor to Pop Punk. And that is where Squirrel Bait find their success, harnessing the ability to have dizzying jams like the intro to “Slake Train Coming” existing on the same album as the heartfelt melodies in the closer “Tape From California” yet never losing an ounce of focus or energy. This album does not take breaks and it doesn't let up; it is a full on attack of dissonance and stop-start rhythms, wrapped up and tethered in just enough pop sensibility to remain catchy enough to get stuck in the listeners' head. It's a wonder why Squirrel Bait aren't held to the same esteem as their contemporaries like Husker Du and Big Black, when just a few listens to Skag Heaven makes it clear how much they deserve it.



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WeepingBanana
June 28th 2012


10159 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

first time reviewing in a while

it's short but the album needed a review so bad

WeepingBanana
June 28th 2012


10159 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

also the drummer on this is the same drummer from Slint so that's a plus

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 28th 2012


50455 Comments


4.8 holy shit

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cbmartinez
June 28th 2012


2525 Comments


kwl review david grubbs is the man always wanted to check squirrel bait out

WeepingBanana
June 28th 2012


10159 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

definitely do it, this album is amazing

WeepingBanana
October 27th 2012


10159 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

needs more ratings

YankeeDudel
March 16th 2013


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

SQUIRRELZ

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YankeeDudel
March 26th 2013


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

DAVID GRUBBS

WeepingBanana
March 26th 2013


10159 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

woah literally just threw this on

WeepingBanana
April 24th 2013


10159 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I DON'T NEED NO PIGS STOMPIN ON MY BUZZ

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
September 2nd 2013


6457 Comments


also the drummer on this is the same drummer from Slint so that's a plus

Getting!

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WeepingBanana
September 2nd 2013


10159 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

most important band ever

KILL
December 12th 2013


71856 Comments


man too close to the fire sounds so much like broken home broken heart its crazy

rules

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demigod!
December 28th 2013


44557 Comments


damn, this shit's IMMENSE

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porch
March 30th 2014


8460 Comments


'sun god' off the s/t is total proto nirvana
where is the love

WeepingBanana
March 30th 2014


10159 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

son of a fuck the rest of their discography is magically not on my hard drive anymore



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