Minneapolis’ Birthday Suits give punk a buzz cut and slim it down to the commendable two-or-so-minutes, which is fitting for two slim Japanese imports that can shred in English louder and clearer than you can dream.
If that doesn’t do it for you, here’s the checklist: loud and fast, yet in no hurry; romantic rather than angry. Think Japandroids with edge: Fast songs, dreamy distortion and occasionally discernible lyrics. They make it sound so easy to fill a room with just two instruments. Granted, the guitar is turned up pretty damn loud and the drums never leave an empty space.
On the band’s recently released collection of previously 7-inch-only tracks, the duo stretches back to 2008 to show a fondness for stability. This isn’t a bad thing. It’s nice to know what to expect from the next track. But it does show how hard it can be to expand your sound when you only have two instruments and two songwriters. Six 7 isn’t so much a retrospective as a statement, then. They’re just taking punk as it is.
Birthday Suits, Skin Flowers and Shahs play the Palace Sun., March 3, at 10 PM. $7/$5 advance.