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Spanspek Album Review: Dirty Limbs - Blood Operator

There's too many things to watch on TV man! I can't decide between the last few episodes of Community or the new episodes of Orange Is the New Black! S'pretty cool.

Let's take a listen to the new EP from Fresno surf punk band DIRTY LIMBS!
Dirty Limbs (Fresno, CA)
Blood Operator (Kerchow Records)

Surf punk band Dirty Limbs frees itself from the demands of it's oft mentioned genre trope on the amazing Blood Operator EP.  There's an added bit of lushness to the songs, as if guitarist and lead singer Jonathan Ekparian-Hadden had been listening to Debussy for inspiration.  It' makes for a fuller, more vibrant experience.  I'd like to think Blood Operator is what Interpol would sound like if they didn't have gigantic poles stuck up their exquisitely tailored asses.

Two of the albums six tracks where released over seven months ago (the blistering "Blood Operator" and isolationist singalong "The Woods").  Both are amazing tracks whose promise the rest of the album happily lives up to.  Album opener "Think About You" gets the heads "a-bobbin" (as I imagine all the kids say nowadays) with it's easygoing shuffle and rich texture.  Hell, it's even got ghostly background vocals to boot! And maybe it's an odd comparison to make, but "Molitov Cocktail" contains the sadness of a Vitalogy era Pearl Jam tune without totally destroying the killer vibe of the entire album.  It's quite the feat.

Every aspect of the album is satisfying.  The healthy crunch of Ekparian-Hadden and Luke Giffen's rhythm and lead guitars; drummer Audrey Johnson's steady and pummeling performance; Casey Burton's delightfully elastic bass playing; and the dusty, reverb laden production of Eric Peters and Mike Howe.  Blood Operator is another can't miss record from one of the Valley's finest bands.
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