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Artist: HANK IV
Title: III
Format: LP
Label: Siltbreeze
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"I dont care how many goddamn cute hobo bands there are out there right now. Not two runny shits. Theres something HANK IV knows that few other current of interest bands realize, and its a painfully simple thing: guitars were meant to sound like this, not that (pick something). Thats as plainly as it can be put. This is twin-guitar punk rock in a class of its own, driving more than dueling and hot-sauce-free. III is Hank Babys third and finest album yet and they are, in short, a band whose every move is worthy of your utmost attention. For this record (their second for Siltbreeze), Thee Hanks opted to spend zero dollars and buried themselves deep inside their very own Shill Building studio for a good, long while. Sightings became scarce. Promises of work being done were made but who really knew what was going on? To be fair, The Shill has its fair share of distractions. Imagine Platos Retreat, except like a basement in the Tenderloin. Anyway, the result of their self-imposed exile is this album bearing the aroma of fuck you coupled with a faint flutter of fuck me. Its eight songs in 25 minutes of loud, angry, intelligent, rock n roll punk and its from San Francisco. Beyond that, the rhythms actually have a rhythm-a loud, all-rock rhythm, in fact. Its shocking and practically akin to reinventing the wheel round these un-rocking parts. Great-and now the worldll probably explode. Do I gotta pick a cut to exalt? Down in the Dumps springs forth. Hopefully the punks follow suit."-Mitch Cardwell . Includes free digital download coupon and insert.

Artist: HANK IV
Title: Refuge In Genre
Format: LP
Label: Siltbreeze
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"A decidedly meaner, sharper, and more pummeling affair than their critically acclaimed debut, Hank IVs second album, Refuge in Genre, sports eleven songs in 30 scorched-earth minutes. No visit to the lo-fi or "shit-gaze" Quonset huts this, Refuge in Genre was recorded in shattering hi-fidelity by Tim Green (The Fucking Champs) and mastered by Bob Weston (Shellac). The rollicking San Francisco quintet has been in the crosshairs of the Siltbreeze hunting rifle since just after the release of their debut LP, Third Person Shooter, was (Hook or Crook, 2006). Attempts to release their Dirty Poncho 7-inch were squashed (the honor went to Plastic Idol) so Siltbreeze did what any jilted paramour would: decided to get even. The sound of Hank IV is a bit too wily and scrambled to pigeonhole as any one type of honk. Forward thinkers might tag em as panic-skiffle, combining the cunning and menace of compadres such as Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments or Country Teasers, with a dual guitar attack that nods toward the Bailey / Kuepper-era Saints as much as those dudes looked at Smith / Kramer for their nascent moves. Through all this stutter and pummel, vocalist Bob McDonald (formerly of Denver hardcore icons Bum Kon) doesnt throw caution to the wind so much as atomize it. If a shattered leg cant keep this herc from heralding the apocalypse, do you think your tender widdle ears have a chance? Not likely, bub. San Francisco quintet Hank IV has no relation whatsoever to the Hank Williams clan. Their hard-charging and visceral dual-guitar rock punk has been likened to "Crime meets Viletones meets Styrenes punk" (Z-Gun Magazine) and by WFMUs DJ Terre T as "a sick combination of Volcano Suns and Blue Cheer and Chain Gang!" Third Person Shooter was called "one of 2006s top punk albums" by Maximum Rockandroll, "Best of 2006" by Terminal Boredom, #2 album of 2006 by WFMU DJ Evan Funk Davies, and the #8 album of 2006 by Terre T. The band has played twice at SXSW, including 2008 for the WFMU 50th anniversary showcase, and performed at Gonerfest IV in Memphis in 2007." - Siltbreeze.

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