Quips - !Amphetamines! (CD)
Catalog number: TL10
Translation Loss wants you to believe that Amphetamines, the debut album from Pennsylvania’s Quips, is Bleach-era Nirvana mixed with Rush and Mudhoney. I don’t hear much in the way of Rush, but Quips do channel the manic alt rock and punk vibe of those Seattle stalwarts. They also tie in the garage-rock sound of bands like The Hellacopters and coat it with a quasi-English whine for vocals. Since this ten-song album is over and done with in under thirty-minutes, it’s an abrupt romp that sometimes is akin to a mosquito buzzing manically around your ear.