Track Review – National Parks / Big Ups

If there isn’t a Slint influence going on with Big Ups recently, they must be taking from some other seminal punk band. The spoken word segments broken up by shout-speak spasms of noise, the needle-like guitars and chasms of noise-rock that rise up at the end are very similar to everyone’s favourite mysterious punk band, but Big Ups defiantly keep their songs relatively short and free of progression beyond the stop-start post-punk that takes up the first half and the more conventional hardcore of the second half. Big Ups are one of the only punk bands that actually might do better with a couple more minutes given to experiment (think later-period Fugazi), but they’ve come on in leaps and bounds from their first album, Eighteen Hours of Static.