More top shelf garage from the Aussie underground pulls into the spotlight this week with The Spasms' self-released debut. We Better Operate was recorded by Paul Maybury, the man behind the boards on RSTB faves King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, and his touch adds thunderous thump to the band's tough-knuckled grit. The Melbourne trio keep things compact with songs rarely dipping over the three minute mark, but in those short spans they knock out nine chunks of scuffed-denim pummel that hovers between barely holding on gasoline huffers and detached cool, sunglasses indoors, mid-tempo rumble. Still its all wrapped in that Aussie snap n' snarl that seems to hover just below the surface of the best the South Hemi has to offer. In a year full of so many necessary recordings from down under, you'd better make room for one more to add to that wishlist.
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