Drunk Dial #6 - Hakan (black vinyl) MARKED DOWN - New 7"
Italian garage-punk savants Hakan, whose fuzzed-out blasts recall Marked Men and their various Denton-based offshoots, bring their hyperactive pop perfection to Drunk Dial Records with “Tempuras Never Come,” a study in three-chord concision that doesn’t waste a single second. This is melodic punk rock boiled down to its essence--distortion, speed, joy--and it somehow gets better with every listen.
As is customary (read: mandatory) for Drunk Dial seven-inches, Hakan blesses the B-side with a cover tune of their choice. Seemingly allergic to fear, the band chose to tackle DEVO’s “Mr. DNA.” Bold? Yes. Awesome? Also yes. Hakan plays surgeon and trims everything extraneous from the original, leaving listeners with one-and-a-half minutes of buzzing DEVO-tion that proves reverence lives in the red.
For those who don’t know, here’s how Drunk Dial Records operates: we invite artists we adore into a recording studio to write and record an original song and cover a classic tune in one session. But there’s a catch! The artist or band in question must compose and perform these songs while inebriated. The recordings are then released as a 7” vinyl single.