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Old 06-16-2024, 03:52 PM   #931 (permalink)
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Band: Pavid Vermin
Title: Brutality Is My Only Friend
Released: May 24, 2024

Do you like surf inspired poppy punk by a band with a wicked sense of humor and great melodies?? I guess a better question is who wouldn’t like that!

Pavid Vermin has been releasing music for over five years and this release is a departure in sound…sorta. Older material sometimes has a surf or girl group influence but comparisons were just as likely to be made with Sceeching Weasel or Green Day who also started out on the highly influential Lookout Records. It’s not a stretch to link influences further back to The Dictators and New York Dolls. We can throw in Me First And The Gimme Gimmes as well since they are probably one of the very best at pastiches. The common thread between all those bands would be a smirk and a wink.

Pavid Vermin (aka Glen Robinson) has also had releases under the pseudonym Obscurerst Vinyl. These are tongue in cheek spoofs which remind me of the Bonzo Dog Band meets Tenacious D while listening to Motown and assembling songs for an Off Broadway musical starring Ann Magnuson. The parental rating on this material is somewhere between R and X and this is a different discussion for a different day.

Back to the latest by Pavid Vernin. You may have heard their 2020 release, “The Beach Boys Never Surfed”. I mention that song because the sound of that is sort of an indication that this type of sound was in the arsenal. So… all the elements of this new release were in place but not quite as conceptual and focused.

One major difference between past releases and this latest release are the song titles. Are you ready for this? All song titles conjure cannibalistic images from a death metal concentration camp. The titles are bombastic and the graphic yet sometimes humorous lyrics are the foundation of airy surf-punk with lush back-ups. Amazingly, it seems perfectly reasonable while listening.


1. Excremental Feast on the Decomposing Remnants of Humanity
2. Sacrificed by Cannibals at the Bottom of the Stairs to the Church of Blood
3. Desecrate the Cathedral
4. Mutilated in Thy Dungeon
5. Baptized in Searing Acid in the Cesspool of the Necrotic Slaughterhouse
6. Dismembered Limbs Rotting in a Pool of Carnal Disfigurement
7. The Facilitator of Perpetual Anguish
8. Profusely Decomposed into Homicidal Casket Discharge
9. Profound Suffering into an Endless Vortex of Agony
10. Tormented Corpse Exsanguination
11. Brutalizer of My Soul
12. Initiating the Unholy Rituals of Excruciating Torture and Dismemberment
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