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Editors’ Notes

One of the best garage punk bands you’ve never heard of, Seattle’s Spits have a storied career involving nearly 15 years of mayhem and crude fun, fueled by their passion for beer, girls, and B-movies (we should probably say “beer” again). Live shows are intense, loud, and entertaining: seeing robots on stage or the guys dressed in masks or black hoods is to be expected. Part straight-ahead Ramones-style blitzkrieg and part metallic-edged art-punk (à la Chrome), brothers Sean and Erin Wood lead the band through odes to partying, girls, and life on the road. Songs like “Tonight” and “Rip Up the Streets” recall both the Ramones and the Misfits, with vocal and guitar melodies whip-sharp and memorable; the band’s humor peppers tracks like “Life of Crime” and “Alienize,” without dulling their edge. The soul-killing realities of life on the road are given a therapeutic butt-kicking in “Live In a Van,” the tune’s staccato drums and sliced ’n’ diced guitar distilling palpable frustrations. But who do they think they’re kidding? The Spits wouldn’t have it any other way.

Customer Reviews

spits vol I4

GREAT record from one of the BEST bands around!!

Another great one from the Spits!

The Wood bros continue to make stellar kick a** music. Punk w/ Devo / Ramones / Dow Jones & The Industrials / Rudimentary Peni influences, yet 100% thier own sound. Essential!


Fantastic album! Keeps me on my toes the entire 15 minutes. The Spits KILL IT!!


Formed: 1991 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Playing old-school punk rock with an up-to-date level of snottiness and mordant humor, the Spits have enjoyed a surprisingly long and healthy career bashing out stripped-down rock tunes with equal shares of attitude, aggressive eccentricity, and muscle. Spits founders Sean Wood (guitar and vocals) and Erin Wood (bass and vocals) are siblings who were born and raised in Allegan, Michigan and began making music in 1987 with a band called the Riot Midgets. Deciding the Allegan scene was too sleepy for...
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