STIFF RICHARDS

LEGLESS RECORDS

'GOT IT TO GO' SINGLE

Review by Shane Hilton

Stiff Richards are electrifying.

Literally.

They make the type of music that charges through your body like shorted out fuse on a circuit with no kill switch.

The fuckers should come with a sticker promoting a solid as fuck warning to all and sundry.

“DANGER: EXPOSURE TO STIFF RICHARDS WILL CAUSE YOU TO LOSE CONTROL OF ALL BODILY FUNCTIONS AND SOME CUNTS GOING TO HAVE TO CLEAN THAT SHIT UP”
 

Their 2019 sophomore long player 'DIG' was a dynamic blast of adrenalized garage punk rawness screaming out from the Mornington Peninsula in a cacophonic display of pure fury.

Punters loved it.

Your neighbours loved it.

Everyone loved it.

I’m pretty sure people who never even heard it loved it.

It was unadulterated musical energy condensed into 12 inches of finely grooved vinyl.

So, it’s with little wonder the world is eagerly anticipating just what the Stiff Richards are going to do next.

The good news is we don’t have long to wait.

They’ve even giving us a taste with the second single/old favourite live number, 'Got It To Go', from their upcoming album 'State of Mind'.

And that taste, even if you’ve already ate it at one of your friendly local venues, is absolutely sizzling.

From the stuttered opening guitar, 'Got It To Go' jumps at you from the speakers like a spark that only confirms the whole theory about needing a sticker.

You can feel the current pass from your ears to your elbows and settle uneasily in the deep recesses of your chest.

The most devastating aspect about their latest offering is the way in which they manage to build a whole song based entirely on constant anticipation.

It’s not that the frenetic energy Stiff Richards ooze isn’t there.

It’s there in spades.

But the anticipation… just as you think it’s about to break out in a sweltering mess of riffs and fuzzed out sweat, they manage to swing back into the subdued easy riffing that carries the song.

It’s 3 minutes and 52 seconds of laid-back destruction.

With the obvious connotations of Narranderra No Doze littered throughout the title, artwork and lyrics this song sounds as if it was recorded as the hedonistic regret of a good time set in.

You can feel the hair of the dog as it heaves its way out of bed and into the world.

To be able to catch that rugged, kebab stained, cotton mouthed sorrow musically is an amazing display of dexterity in performance.

Not many bands would be able to pull off such a complex feeling and make you feel that all too familiar Sunday morning simply through a song.

But the Stiff Richards do it.

And they do it better than anyone else.

Stream 'Got It To Go' here:
https://open.spotify.com/track/1hDrRfx8lpxFHDk8zUU5Yy?si=0S8CNAMOQF6W6JFkxubh1Q

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