Watch Your Skull - Kit Convict & Thee Terrible Two
Hey Kit Convict - the people of Medway called and they want their Billy Childish back.
Just kidding. But there is an strong resemblance between the music from most of Billy’s 55,000 albums and what Kit Convict and his stripped-back combo pump out.
This is short, sharp, simple and very catchy garage punk. I know “garage punk” is a broad descriptor and a little imprecise - hence the Childish reference. That the influences for this Melbourne band are obvious isn’t a problem. Like Billy, they’ve gone digging until they hit the right, rich vein and they’re mining from it.
Kit was formerly of The Kits, an expat Australian band that spent most of its life based in the UK. In his Kit Convict guise, he pares back his band’s sound to leave the barest of bones in place. Seventeen songs in under half an hour is the result.
Mr Everywhere, Mikey Young, mastered this so that’s a pointer to the minimalist ethos Thee Terrible Two bring to the game. Simple riffs and simpler vocal lines, spat out, rule the roost. Kit manages to put his music across with humour and razor-edged guitar to the fore.
What can you expect? “Sacrifice Your Spirit To The Dead” plucks some Kid Congo guitar out of the air and marries it to a swamp rhythm in its outdo. It cooks.“Wild About Me” is infectious as a heavy cold in a Melbourne winter. “DUI” bounces around like a homeward-bound Minor Minor driver talking the tight back streets to avoid the cops. “Coyote” is unbridled garage pop-punk built on a circular riff.
Bouncy, raw and never overly lyrically demanding, “Watch Your Skull” holds up to repeated plays.