The burst of drums that opens Wizz Kids’ Humiliations EP is like being dragged behind a V8 as the event sped out of Hamilton. It’s fast and it’s brutal. On hearing drummer Ben assault his kit, it is almost like the rest of this Hamilton hardcore punk band were insistent on not being out done. They launch into opening track, Hybrid Vigour with, well, vigour. It’s a startlingly good opening to a startlingly good EP form these Hamilton stalwarts and the fact you can download it for free/koha only adds to the benefits.
The title track stands out here as both the longest on the EP, sitting at nearly two and a half minutes and also one of the more accessible. Lead vocalist Chris drawls out the chorus while he convinces the rest of the band to play at a speed the humans can keep up with. The crunching guitars that build into the song have a classic punk feel and the recording (apparently in Chumz’s practice room) adds a DIY touch to the song that fits it snuggly.
The pick here though is Bad Economy which also happens to round out an EP that just so happens to come in at under ten minutes. Bad Economy is rousing, riotous almost but with a laid back chorus. Some of the intensity of Wizz Kids can be a bit shaking at times, so when they hold back, even just slightly, the restraint allows them to shine. Nothing to be Humiliated about here, a great little EP.