Obscurity Points // Hickey
When I was in Brooklyn this week, I went to my favourite record store in the world, Academy Records, and they had one album on the wall with a little note on it saying that it was like “the single most important punk lp ever.” So of course I was curious about it and checked the band out online. Turns out this band Hickey is a punk band from San Fran that existed in the mid-90s, released some stuff, and developed a cult following before and after the death of their lead singer Matty Luv. The album was Various States Of Disrepair, a complete recordings collection.
Other than that, I can’t find too much interesting info about the band, except that some members were in a Florida punk band before and bla bla bla.
The music is kind of thrashy but the chord changes have a melodic sensibility to them – the vocals not so much. They’re usually screamed and slurred in this Darby Crash-esque style, except maybe a bit more palatable. They’re pretty fun, and Matty Luv‘s lyrics are often just downright funny.
After listening to Various States Of Disrepair, I don’t think they made the most important punk LP ever (assembled), but I do think they made some awesome noise, and it seems as though they got better as time went on, assuming the LP is constructed in a somewhat chronological order.