Review: The New Thrill Parade – S/T

Originally published in Punk Planet May/June 2006

The cover art to the latest from this Santa Cruz six-piece may scream Raymond Pettibon, but the five songs therein likely will remind you more of Big Boys and early Scratch Acid. It takes a few verses to get used to Amitai’s trebly, bizarre yelp of a delivery but the forebears he sometimes channels – Randy “Biscuit” Turner, David Yow, Gary Floyd – provide a fair introduction. The EP only gets moving as the eclectic band backing him really churns away. But when they do, like on the sometimes-furious “Moat,” it’s worth tuning in.

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