I'm at a loss to explain what exactly it is that sets apart the engaging garage-y punk bands from the mediocre ones in my brain, but I know it helps if you play real fast. And if you have a poppy but rough-around-the-edges vibe like The Spits. And if you have growly bass ripping along underneath the whole deal. It also really helps if you sing about six packs, wanting to fight and not wanting to talk to people. Seattle three-piece Stab Me Kill Me totally fits this criteria, wrapping up familiar ingredients into a satisfying package.
Stab Me Kill Me's been around since spring 2012, releasing just a tantalizing handful of songs, first on a near-perfect, gritty four-song demo—free for download on Bandcamp—and the only slightly more polished EP No Ledge, recorded and mixed by members of the band. (Astute readers of album credits will note that Stab Me's drummer, who goes by K2, has also recorded Missoula's own Buddy Jackson.)
I must admit the only thing I don't really dig about this band is its name; but I still kind of want the T-shirt anyway.
Stab Me Kill Me plays the Palace Sat., April 19, along with Ol' Doris and Buddy Jackson. 9 PM. Free.