Solid Attitude

Prison Water (Rotting Tooth Recordings)

(out of five)

The inaugural offering from this Iowa City punk outfit is a blistering 7″ called Prison Water. In true punk fashion, only one song eclipses the two-minute mark, but this quartet packs more than enough energy into the six songs that brevity isn’t exactly an issue.
Solid Attitude open things up with slinky, snappy, Stooges-channeling “Bad Attitude.” The opening slice is one of the few to really, really lean on the band’s chops. The constant wind-up and release, the taut runs up the neck of a guitar to the cathartic splash of a cymbal, gives the song’s 1:40 run time an almost epic feeling.

The third track, the comparatively expansive, ” Constant Garbage/Totally Droll” has to be one of the best garage rock jams to come out of Iowa City. Solid Attitude rides the thick chug of overdriven, crunchy guitar riffs and floor-tom heavy drums to abrupt, car-crash break downs. It’s also one of the most successful examples of vocalist, Mickey Shaw’s elastic yelp. Going from punky chants, to garage-rock drawls, to primal yelps with breath-taking fluidity. The band is great at kicking out the jams, but Shaw is the band’s biggest asset.

The band is currently on tour with these 7″ for sale or you can pop over to their bandcamp site and cop the thing for free. Try and catch ’em as they blaze a trail or two across the Midwest.

Tour Dates:
21st – Chicago, IL – ”Prison Water” 7″ release @ Crown Liquors w/ Loose Dudes & Supersonic Piss
22nd – Normal, IL – Lake House, 204 West Cypress w/ These Old Ghosts, Oh Well, Sweater Weather, Tents
23rd – St. Louis, MO – Floating Labs, 4528 Ohio St
24th – Lawrence, KS – The Overlook
25th – Omaha, NE – early instore @ Antiquarium Records
25th – Omaha, NE – The Manor w/ The Dads & Places We Slept
26th – Minneapolis, MN – Medusa w/ Camden, Minute Intentions Of A Boa Constrictor & Soaking Rasps
27th – Madion, WI – Pete’s House
28th – Iowa City, IA – White Lightning w/ Tyvek, Non Prayer & We Shave
29th – Ann Arbor, MI – 514 East Ann Street w/ Bad Indians & TBA
30th – Cleveland, OH – Happy Dog w/ Total Babes & Beardo Bandini
31st – Richmond, IN – Peace House

1st – Bloomington, IN – The Blue Room 204. S. Clark Street w/ Circuit de Yeux & TBA
3rd – Chicago, IL – Chili’s w/ Heavy Times