Primetime, “Going Places” EP (La Vida Es Un Mus, 5/16/2016)
Primetime are a four-piece punk band working out of Londontown. “Going Places” is the second EP, following 2014’s self-titled endeavor. Two word review: we likey. Want more words? Read on, then…
This is a seriously fun, poke in the eye of a record. In the tradition of folks like Billy Childish (and related acts), Stiff Records artists like Wreckless Eric, The Slits and more recent artists like Nots and Nervous Twitch, Primetime sing deceptively simple songs about everyday concerns: waking up/not wanting to wake up; relationships/not wanting to deal with relationships; being in control/feeling like you’re losing control; and pheromones, lots of pheromones. It’s as deliriously snarky as it is insidiously catchy.
Highlights are many, but think fast, as the whole EP isn’t more than seven minutes long. “Pervert”’s showcases a great, kind of inverted machismo, beginning with the line “if I’m a pervert/and you’re a stain on my dirty mind/…I want to tear off your shirt”, lead singer Claudia delivering a deadpan warning to an unnamed other that if he/she takes too long getting in da bed, she’ll “start without [you]”. “Anyway” starts with a beat reminiscent of The Go-Go’s “Our Lips Are Sealed”, with lyrics describing being distracted by someone while simultaneously not (wanting to) give a shit. The bass/drum combo is rock solid, allowing the guitar room to move and the vocals to strut with a cheeky grin and a one-fingered salute (or two, depending on your locale).