Shoplifters - Forgiver 7"
'The four songs on this 7" build off of the Snuff meets Big Drill Car sound of their last album, but they have managed to weave in tighter hooks and bigger melodies, calling to mind the aggressive, but still extremely poppy sound that defined early China Drum. Add in some wild guitar dynamics and vocals that remind me of the sort of thing Bob Mould has built his career on and you'll start to see the picture that Shoplifters are painting. They're taking the influences of the 90's, but they're interpreting them in a way that's clearly their own.
Opener "High And Dry" sets the stage with with it's driving dark pop verse that lurches into a huge chorus with the sort of vocal harmonies that just drive me crazy. But for me, the highlight of these songs is "Instant Forgiver." With its driving rhythm, big hooks and supremely placed handclaps, I can't help but air drum along every time I hear it. It's just such a killer song, and it's only one of the four. I'm don't know what Shoplifters have planned next, but I sure want to hear it. I hope you do too.'