Riot grrrl meets first-wave punk on Klackers’ debut

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With the release of their nine-track self-titled debut, Klackers rightfully claim their own special place among the Hub City’s strongest.

Matt Carter
photo: Melissa & Aaron Photography

Appearing just a few days shy of 2019, Klackers’ self-titled debut missed its opportunity to be included on all those Best of 2018 lists that always pop up in the last few days of the year. And that’s a real shame because debut albums like this don’t come along every day.

Klackers formed in Moncton about a year ago bolstering the city’s decades-long punk rock lineage with a new energy and enough variation in sound to rightfully claim their own special place among the Hub City’s strongest.

In a city that’s home to punk inspired acts like Nerve Button, Chiller, Phone Jerks, The Virals, Slow Fight and so many others, finding a place to call your own is a definite challenge for any new band, yet Klackers have pulled it off. With obvious elements of 50’s surf, 60’s pop and 70’s garage rock, the band’s debut is a loud, loose and frantic mix of up tempo energy and honest enthusiasm for punk’s defining ethos. Attitude and confidence for days.

Of the album’s nine tracks, CTC, Womb Buddy and No Means No are easy standouts that highlight Klackers’ new-group energy and the range of their writing. The album also includes a pair of covers that help reinforce the obvious influence of riot grrrl culture and first wave punk that help shape the album in its entirety.  Bratmobile’s Gimmie Brains and The Adicts Steamroller (which the band change to Sleepover as in “My baby comin’ over by a Sleepover”) fit perfectly among Klackers’ original material.

With the high volume of new releases flooding the internet these days, it would be a shame for this one to get lost in the mix. Download a copy via Bandcamp or grab one of the limited edition cassettes currently available from the band. Easily the best investment you’ll spend this month. 



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