Direct Hit! & Tit Patrol – split 7″

Direct Hit! & Tit Patrol split - coverYou may recall Milwaukee’s Direct Hit! from this review of their split with Mixtapes. You may also recall that they played rock-out cock-out anthemic melodic punk of the inherently catchy variety. Tit Patrol are a band I’ve not written about before; they hail from Delaware and occupy territory that’s not a million miles away from their compatriots on the other side of the wax.

Direct Hit’s first tune, ‘Brain Surgery’, is exactly what I’d expect from the band on the strength of what I’ve heard before. It’s instantly catchy and deploys a lot of the same tricks, from the music halting for a beat before kicking back in for extra punch through to their catchphrase “fuck you, get pumped!” It’s a good song but there’s not much to be said that I’ve not already written about them. I’m not too sure what the song is about; brain cancer seems to be a theme but given that a lot of the lyrics are about figuring out ways to knock a girl out I wouldn’t read too much into that. Perhaps it’s the D.I.Y. or Die approach to neuroscience?

‘Mutant Drunk’ starts out a bit differently; the intro is off-kilter and overtly silly. Once it gets going it’s much more trad. pop-punk with a simple, catchy melody and rough, shouted lyrics. About halfway through there’s some particularly amusing commentary which I’ll try and transcribe: “I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, at this point we’re not even playing our own songs for any of you, we’re just rambling making noise and generally wasting all your time, but for some ridiculous reason you find it appropriate to watch.” Again I’m not sure whether the lyrics are meant to be just daft or if this is meant as satirical commentary on some other band but either way it’s entertaining.

Tit Patrol lead with ‘Ghost Flu’, a relentlessly-paced tune with a dead simple chord progression, some daft synths that sound a bit like a theramin (i.e. shooting wildly up and down in pitch), and a few climbing bass and guitar solos to spice things up a bit. ‘Slimming Figure’ is another simple and speedy tune that’s over almost before it’s begun at just fifty seconds in length, but does manage to find time for a whimsical 50s/60s pop-esque diversion.

‘Delusions of Adequacy’ is their third track and sees them eschewing power chords for octaves; the breakneck pace and simple melodies are still in place but there’s a but more going on including a few fret harmonics (if you’re not a guitarist, just accept that these sound cool), more simple synth and quick little guitar licks. It’s a surprisingly packed song for something that’s just 1:23 in length and is probably my favourite of the three they bring to the table.

I have to say I was quite pleasantly surprised by this split; Direct Hit!’s sense of humour comes through really well in their tunes even if I’m not sure about if there’s a point alongside the fun lyrics, and their tracks are more solid anthemic punk rock. Tit Patrol’s three tracks are nicely varied and show that the band can tweak their sound and songwriting toward the more rough ‘n ready or more slick sides of pop-punk. I won’t pick favourites, instead I’ll suggest you find your own because both sides of the split are available to listen to on the bands’ Bandcamp sites.

Direct Hit!MySpace | Bandcamp

Tit PatrolMySpace | Bandcamp

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