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Tits Up: Greatest Tits – “an anthemic stomp”

The Liverpool-based trio kick-off the new year with their debut release.

Tits Up came to our attention at back end of last year, tearing through their set at Quarry like derailed train colliding with a lorry. Punters were left turning to one another with the collective thought of, “Fuck, that was good!”

A number of shows around the local traps and surrounding North West followed, and on the first day of 2022, the Liverpool-based three-piece (Evie – vocals, bass; Jess – guitar; and Amanda – drums) self-release their debut EP, the aptly titled Greatest Tits.

Produced in Ormskirk’s Alien Sound Studios, Greatest Tits is a provocative heart-on-sleeve homage to punk, fill with swift hooks and straight-talking.

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Look no further than the EP’s cover. Open-hearted Cramps worship accompanied by Motorhead and Black Sabbath LPs strewn across the bed in sheer fandom.

The sonic adoration begins with Get Ya, a sludgy sprawl melding together riot grrl reverence with the Ramones.

Tits Up: Greatest Tits

While the band are probably sick of hearing such things, the Bikini Kill influence runs deep. Baby sees the protagonist trying to escape the clutches of a doomed relationship while the same toxic masculinity forming the thread of this track remains on Macho Bullshit (“Your Macho Bullshit don’t fool me / Your macho bullshit is kinda cringe-y“).

While the hooks are playful, they juxtapose Tits Up’s sharp missives which are, indeed, on point and cut right through. Look no further than Birthday Party. On the face of it, the cynics among us may see it as something too direct, but really there’s no such thing with a message like this. It’s real, and it’s Tits Up telling it how it is. If they don’t, then what would be the point?

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With a swerving groove that instantly sparks the senses, Get Em While They’re Hot closes Greatest Tits in fine fashion. An anthemic stomp that once again provokes thought.

Whilst a bundle of frenetic energy live, Tits Up don’t lose their intensity on tape, with Greatest Tits being a sharp representation of the band. It’s rarely the case where local acts are concerned, giving impressive accounts onstage only to fall incredibly short within the studio walls. Not Tits Up, who bring us beer-soaked joy right here. It’s a great way to start a new year.

Greatest Tits is out now. Purchase from Bandcamp.

By Simon Kirk

Product from the happy generation. Proud purple bin owner surviving on music, books and LFC. New book, Welcome To Charmsville, available from all major vendors.

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