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Living With You Is Killing Me

Living With You Is Killing Me

10 Track, LP (2010, Mere Noise)
Related: Hits.

Pay no attention to the cover, which overlays the band name in all-caps so the eye's tricked into reading “shit” ad nauseum. Ignore the band name, for they have no hits. Though this is music born from the Sunshine State, its content is better suited to nighttime debauchery. Which is why a comparison between Brisbane five-piece Hits’ debut and Fun House is apt for two reasons: Hits once covered that Stooges classic in its entirety, and I'm loathe to use anyone other than Iggy Pop as the reference point for frontman Evil Dick's throaty, whiskey-tinged holler.

This is a big, dumb rock record done well. It sees the band offset masculine overtones by placing guitars in the hands of two capable women – Butcher Birds' Stacey Coleman and former Gazoonga Attack member Tamara Bell - who double as back-up singers at opportune moments as well. Take the opener, 'Fuck The Needy', for example, where the pair erupt with an unexpected, hair-raising call of, "Nothing succeeds like success!"

Out of the 10 songs here, the Lee Hazlewood cover, 'The Night Before', is treated with the utmost respect. Removed from its 1960s country context, the band's tasteful embellishments serve only to maximise the song's emotional impact. Its tale of late night excess and daytime regret matches Hits’ boozy aesthetic to a tee: "But now those empty whiskey bottles/Within my mind forevermore/And in the silence, I hear crying/Yes, I remember the night before."

Informed by irony (see 'Never Sing A Song Again', which appears in the middle of the album), self-deprecation (Dick pauses during the title track and asks himself: "What's a skinny fuck-arse white boy piece of shit like me ever gonna do about it?") and knowingly infantile couplets ("Yeah I know, Jesus made mistakes/Yeah I know that Elvis ate lots of steaks"), Hits are endearing, if only because they sound like they're not trying too hard. There's nothing forced about Living With You Is Killing Me. Even album closer 'The End' - wherein a lost friend is eulogised - sounds like it was written and recorded as the sun began to rise after another night on the piss.

by Andrew McMillen

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Your Comments

zeechicks  said about 5 years ago:

I miss Aampirellas.

FrankieTeardrop  said about 5 years ago:

Stooges. Brisbane. Drugs. Infantilism. Controversy.

noneabove  said about 5 years ago:

I like every person in this band.
I do not understand why the world needs another garage rock band.

BurtBacharach  said about 5 years ago:

'Cos it's fun to play in a garage rock band and made stupid loud noise and it's also fun to make a record.

streetwalkin  said about 5 years ago:

Best album I have heard all year.. can’t stop playing it & best vocalist in Australia!!!

streetwalkin  said about 5 years ago:

Rich was also the singer for the very fuckin brilliant Strutter from Brisbane who's ep “Motherfuckers From the bowels of Hell” is a seminal classic.

imfuckenpinnedbro  said about 5 years ago:

Hits heh heh heh heh. I think we all know what they're talkin about there.

Woollen Kits  said about 5 years ago:

''the Lee Hazlewood *c*over, 'The Night Before'''

streetwalkin  said about 5 years ago:

great news
from mere noise website

HITS, Mere Noise Records and myself are very proud to announce the release of Living With You Is Killing Me in a limited, stupidly collectable pressing of 300 copies on beautiful VINYL! So loud is it, that when you put it on your turntable, you will be lulled into believing that HITS are smashing their instruments over your head in your own living room while singer Richie jams his mike up your arse.

If you don’t believe me, then come and experience these and other interesting sensations for yourself as the band launch the album at THE TROUBADOUR on FRIDAY JUNE 25th.

– Andrew Stafford

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  • 1.   Fuck The Needy
  • 2.   Living With You Is Killing Me
  • 3.   Sometimes You Just Don't Know Who Your Friends Are
  • 4.   Touch Of The Shorts
  • 5.   Never Sing A Song Again
  • 6.   Crackpipe
  • 7.   It Had To Come To This
  • 8.   Peter And Paul
  • 9.   The Night Before
  • 10.   The End
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