The Starve

Saturday Night

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Portland's caffeinated garage punk heroes the Starve very quietly made one of 2001's most enjoyable discs with their self-released debut EP, and their second homemade effort finds them adding a dab of polish without losing touch with what makes them cool. While The Starve sounded like it was recorded on the finest boom box Target had on sale that week, Saturday Night suggests they've at least moved up to an adequate home-recording setup, and while it's a long way from slick, at least now the audio goes into the red only when it's supposed to. And while two of the four tunes on Saturday Night are retreads from the first disc, the new versions of "In the Backseat" and "It's a Saturday Night" are tighter and more muscular than the originals, while "We'll Show You How" and "You and I Will Never Die" leave no doubt that these kids are firmly in touch with their snottiness, and they know how to channel it onto a CD-R (though if there was ever a band that merits a pressing on black vinyl, it's the Starve). In short, this is another quality dose of high-octane, low-budget rock & roll from a band who obviously knows how, and in a world where the Strokes, the Hives, and the White Stripes can become potential superstars, the Starve at least deserve a late-model tour van, a deal with a decent indie label, and a supply of PBR that never runs dry.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:06
2
2:52
3
2:13
4
3:50
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