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Hank IV - Bellyfull of Slugs 7" (SS Records)


"Back in 2006, I chanced upon Hank IV. I went to some show in San
Francisco to see a band who wound up sucking and the Hanks were second
on the bill. I had never seen them, didn’t know who they were, though I
should have recognized a couple for them from their pedigree (Icky
Boyfriends, Resineaters, Mr & Mr & Mr & Mr Evil, Leather
Uppers, Bum-Kon, etc). Within three songs of their set I was hooked.
Hank IV had a few years on the crowd but that didn’t mean a lack of
energy. What it meant was that they had the know-how to write and play
great songs. What I heard was hints of Crime, Chain Gang, Viletones,
Styrenes, punk rock that hearkens back to the dark grunt of late 70s
Frisco punk but brought to the now. I tracked them down and asked if I
could put out a single by them, but Hook or Crook already hit them up
for an album and Plastic Idol had snagged a 7”. After those records they
slid over to Siltbreeze, where Hank IV released two critically
acclaimed LPs. While I was organizing SS10, the label’s tenth
anniversary festival, the Hanks and I got to talking about doing a
single. “Sure thing!” When they sent me their heavy, urban street swamp
version of Kim Salmon & the Surrealists’s “Bellyfull of Slugs,” I
replied with “A side!” Soon after “Cold Equation” came my way and I knew
that this punk ripper would be a great B side. And here we have Hank
IV’s first record on S.S., five years later than I wanted but well well
worth the wait. 330 pressed" - SS

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 07 September, 2011.

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