The Shirks, “Cry Cry Cry” 7-inch

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“Cry Cry Cry” single
(Grave Mistake)

Did somebody distill all my favorite 7-inches into one potent platter of punk rock punchiness? If nothing else, it takes massive balls to entitle a song “Cry Cry Cry” and go nowhere near a Johnny Cash reference. The Shirks may very well be the heirs apparent to groups like New Bomb Turks and Gas Huffer. It’s thrilling, dirty, punk-inflected garage that rolls along like a hot rod.

Granted, it’s nothing new. The Marked Men do it well, as do the Hex Dispensers and Beat Beat Beat. Is the Washington D.C. group rocking it just as well as those groups? Fuck, yes. The Shirks know how to write a scuzzy number. You’d be waving your beer around and slopping everyone in your vicinity if you heard these tunes live. This 7-inch will blast by, and you’ll flip it over and throw it on again. And again.

MP3: the Shirks, “Cry Cry Cry”