Francis Baptiste
Songwriter and Music Journalist

Necking – Cut Your Teeth

Written Tuesday, July 23

This album came out on my birthday. And it was probably the first time since high school that I went out of my way to buy a physical copy of an album on the day it was released. And boy was it a great present to myself. The much hyped, much anticipated debut Mint Records release by local punk rockers Necking is everything everyone hoped it would be. Roughly twenty two minutes of pure aggression and sulky rage. It’s short and punchy enough that I probably heard it a hundred times in the first week of its release. Regretfully, though, I missed the album release party at Red Gate, where they gave the first fifty people free toothbrushes. The idea being that when you go home with the person you want to go home with you can still brush your teeth in the morning. That pretty much sums up the kind of forthright humour and playfulness that you’ll get from their music.

This is exactly the kind of punk (or post-punk, I guess) music I want to hear, that I feel like I’ve been longing to hear more of. It’s honest, emotional, outraged, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s fast and direct. The longest song is three and a half minutes, which most of the nine tracks clocking in at about two and a half minutes. Yet in that short period the songs come through as coherent ideas that are, most importantly, actually catchy and memorable.

The lead single Big Mouth is one of the catchiest songs I’ve heard in awhile. No Playtime, Still Exist, and Rover are all great sing along, mosh fodder. And the lyrics are great. My favourite line is probably in No Playtime, where there’s talk about musicians moving to Montreal, which is one of those funny-because-it’s true statements.

For any Vancouver music scene fan, this album is a must hear. Chances are if you’re reading this blog you’ve probably already heard it, and you probably already knew this was going to be a rave review, as it seems everyone loves these girls.

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My name is Francis Baptiste. I'm an Indigenous singer/songwriter in Vancouver, BC, an avid supporter of the Vancouver music scene, a contributing writer to Citrus Magazine, Permanent Rain Press, Music Existence, City Soundcheck, and the leader of the band Bird Parade. I'm also a recovering alcoholic and a divorced single father. Music and writing help me combat depression and relapse. For me, creativity, productivity, and community are essential to healing. There's so much incredible music in this city. You can learn more about the music I make on this page. I think it's good to be open about what you're dealing with, so below are some funny pictures of me from the last time I relapsed. It's important to find humour in dark times.

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