Welcome, attention-deficit listeners, to the sparkling rock world of Birthday Suits. The Minneapolis-via-Japan duo delivers a new album of songs with almost none longer than two minutes and some less than one. Not only that, but the hurricane riffs and battling drums tend to burst into pop hooks, jazzy rhythms, dirty walls of noise and bright chord strums in the blink of an eye. There's no waiting around for the next surprise. And especially for fans of the Ramones, the Gits and the angular rock of Urge Overkill, it's instant gratification.
Guitarist Hideo Takahashi and drummer Yuichiro Matthew Kazama play the patchwork of sounds seamlessly, with unrestrained confidence. Both handle vocals, which sometimes are layered and choral-like, and other times consist of odd vocal spasms, kooky barks and birdcalls. The whoa-whoas of "Quarter Helps a Lot Man" give off an arena rock steaminess. For one second the bouncing riffs of "38th Parallel 2010" feel straight off a Van Halen album, but then they dive bomb into disco punk wiliness.
It's an album full of musical athleticism for all its sudden twists and turns. But fortunately the technical creativity doesn't override the sense that these guys are playing for the fun of it.
Birthday Suits plays the Palace Wednesday, March 3, at 9 PM with So Cow and Colin Johnson. $5.