Full Circle

Libyan Hit Squad / Round Eye

Released: Dec. 1, 2012
Format: 12″ vinyl
Tracks: 11 songs

Side A / LIBYAN HIT SQUAD

1. Blown Asshole (0:52)
2. Rubber Shoes (2:57)
3. Full Circle (4:41)
4. Brave New World (4:21)
5. Faulty Bridge (2:25)
6. Lift Your Knees (5:47)

Side B / ROUND EYE

1. Round Eye (2:39)
2. Kenting (3:32)
3. I’m So Young (2:33)
4. Carne Seca (3:16)
5. Got Her Runnin’ (3:55)

$15.00 USD





Mature and complex are the buzzwords for this split 12” between the now-defunct American punk outfit Libyan Hit Squad and Round Eye, the adventurous Shanghai adventurers that rose from the ashes.

The A-side sees Libyan Hit Squad firmly settling in established wild-eyed, lip-trembling punk soil (“Blown Asshole,” “Rubber Shoes”) before pulling up stakes and expanding to more untamed, fertile ground with intricate, layered and mature work that peaks with “Full Circle,” a five-minute instrumental featuring pure guitar manna from Black Flag mastermind Greg Ginn that segues to the ascendant “Brave New World” before culminating with “Lift Your Knees,” a discordant, soaring take on sexual politics.

On the flipside, Round Eye have nailed together a series of disparate elements—supercharged sax-fueled rock and roll (“Round Eye,” “Carne Seca”), demented doo-wop harmonies (“I’m So Young”) and standard issue post-punk (“Kenting”, “Got Her Runnin’”)—alongside a boundless cache of thematic influences to present a mercurial five-song exhibit that recreates contemporary China in its own image: a shambling, contradictory and often-wacky work that somehow manages to rein itself back before tumbling off the precipice.

LIBYAN HIT SQUAD

Chachy – Bass / Vocals
Chad Puntel – Guitar
Shawn Starkey – Drums

ROUND EYE

Chachy – Guitar / Vocals
Xiao Long Bob – Bass
Lewis – Sax
Jimmy Jack – Drums