“The shot heard ‘round the world. The two best songs ever written by the best band in the world. Best guitar and bass playing and skin beating. The best lyrics ever sung. This record will change your life and give you a new start. Best packaging, easily. Genius. Mensa, mensa, mensa! Makes everybody else look real bad. Buy the shit out of this record.” - I dunno, some dude I guess
When I first heard about the Obits single last month and read the above blurb, I was a bit skeptical, so I went to the Obits page on MySpace to see if it was really worth checking out... and they didn't have either of the songs posted there, or on their Facebook either. Plus the record was sold out everywhere I looked except for busted-out Vinyl Collective, who were selling it for their usual nine dollars plus six dollars postage or whatever it is that they charge for a measly 7". Screw that, I figured, deciding that it wasn't worth it and I'd just wait for the LP or something.
Then last weekend I went to Redscroll, and wouldn't you know, they had a couple of copies. Turns out this thing is friggin' killer. Really, really good. (It's former Hot Snakes and Drive Like Jehu, if you didn't know.) So far, it's definitely the best 7" from 2008 that I didn't hear until 2009.
I won't post a download of this, since Comedy Minus One keeps their stuff digitally "in print" for just about infinity, but I will post both songs as listen-only files for everyone else who, like me, wants to hear what this sounds like before thinking about plunking down eight or nine bucks for it (it's being repressed, supposedly). I like the b-side better than the a-side, but that's how it usually goes with me anyway.
"One Cross Apiece"
"Put It In Writing"
(these are listen-only files)