I’ll be honest, I usually deny requests to cover “EPs” that are less than four songs. I just feel like there’s not enough to write about with three or fewer songs but then I heard Suzi Moon’s single “Special Place in Hell” and I just had to do something! Suzi was kind enough to send over a copy of her 3-song LP ‘Call the Shots’ and I just couldn’t wait to hear “Special Place in Hell” again along with the two other tracks on this extended single!
I was super excited as “Special Place in Hell” started as soon as I put the needle done. Punk-drenched guitars, speedy drums, and vocals full of attitude took over my house and heart. Although this opening track is very much in your face and almost aggressive if you’re not a big punk fan, there’s something accessible about it. I love how Suzi Moon’s vocals go from a punk edge to a more pop-princess style in the blink of an eye all the while being full of energy and attitude. I love the bitterness of the lyrics in this track and the way they stay in line with the instrumentation but don’t completely distract you from everything else going on in this track. A small guitar solo around the two-minute mark just shows you that although this is a Suzi Moon release, her band fits her style perfectly and enhances her sound.
“I’m Not A Man” continues with the punk-drenched edge that Suzi Moon and her band do so well. There’s a little more IDGAF attitude in this track which I absolutely adored. My favorite thing about this track is how you can see Suzi performing in your mind if you listen to this track and glance at the album cover. Suzi Moon is just that, Suzi Moon, and this song really is the nail in the coffin when it comes to that fact. I love women in this scene but sometimes feel like they try too hard to fit in and pay their dues. I truly adore the fact that Suzi Moon is being authentic in this debut album and I feel like this track is the perfect example of that.
This quick three-song release ends with “Nuthin’ to Me” which continues to showcase a sound that can only be described as Suzi Moon. I’m a huge Brody Dalle (from The Distillers) fan and there were points throughout this final track where that’s all I could think of. Although I feel like The Distillers lost their edge a while back, it’s clear that Suzi Moon is here to pick it up and take it to the next level in all of the right ways. I was so bummed as “Nuthin’ to Me” ended and left me in silence but my heart was also full with the knowledge that this is Suzi Moon’s debut release and there is sure to be plenty more.
I swore that three songs would never be enough for me to get a good read on a band or artist but Suzi Moon’s ‘Call The Shots’ has proven me wrong. What a great, down and dirty listen!
My Favorite Track(s): “Special Place in Hell”
For Fans Of: Punk Drenched Punk; Attitude
Mosh-ability: 9 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie creeped around the living room; Autumn ate dinner
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 9 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 8.8 out of 10
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