credit: christopher riggs (@sonicmeltdown)
Arizona father/daughter garage-punk outfit The Exbats drop a needle straight into the vein of what made the world fall in love with rock & roll in the first place. Their new LP Kicks, Hits and Fits (out March 6 on Burger Records) is a witchy, punk-rock sock hop of a record that navigates teen angst, falling in love, breakups and figuring out where in the hell you fit into society, especially when you’re not yet old enough to get into the club where your band is playing. The Exbats’ always clever formula—fusing 20-year-old daughter Inez McLain’s ’60s surf drumming and punk doo-wop vocals with her dad Kenny McLain’s Beach Boys-meets-X guitar licks—has found them making fans out of (and sharing bills with) bands like the Dead Milkmen, Mike Watt, SadGirl, NO WIN, AJJ, Tacocat, El Vez, Death Valley Girls, Skating Polly, Starcrawler and more.
Each song on Kicks, Hits and Fits is a catchy rocker that begs you to sing along, as it straddles the worlds of old and new. They’re The Monkees meets The Coathangers, The Hollies meets Surfbort, The Ronettes meets Amyl and The Sniffers. They take the essence of what made The Ramones so urgent and catchy and add just the right amount of bubblegum