I called out the Sardinia hardcore-punk band Thee Oops back in December for an In Rotation
, but I've been having so much trouble keeping their 2012 Slovenly EP, Happy Charlie
, away from my turntable that I figured what the hell . . . today's 12 O'Clock Track
offers me another opportunity to talk about 'em. The release consists of a pair of 45s that have such short fuses they need flipping well before you're able to get comfortable. But that's the punk charm of it: short and fast and dirty. And the album's flaming-lick-loaded title track provides the perfect artist's statement.