The EP opens up with “Chase Me” and as the title may suggest it’s got a not-so-subtle action-packed car chase vibe to it…the up-tempo feel, the catchy guitar licks and the brass-bursts take this back to the golden era of James Bond films if you will (Think DURAN DURAN)…there’s elements of a detective caper to this and it’s a really fun opening track. The track flows with an easy listening fluidity and really is infectious, great stuff this. “Fists To The Sky” follows up and here we have a more traditional sounding CKY musically…the imposing trademark riffs are instantly recognisable in tone and although the track has a very steady pacing, broken up by THE DOORS inspired organ-esque synths, it’s still very up-beat…doubling as not only a statement of intent from the trio regarding their come-back, but also maybe a subtle nod to Rocky thematically, given the Philly connection.
As this was a vinyl release, side-B kicks off with “One Step Ahead” and it immediately starts off darker, atmospherically speaking…the slow build leading to a frenetic chorus, with Chad belting out the lyrics against a wall of reverberated noise. He gets to fret-wank his heart out here too as he embarks on an incredibly trippy, psychedelic guitar solo and you can sense the enjoyment had in writing this one, it resonates through his playing. The final track however is the one we’ve all been waiting for…not just over the course of these four tracks…no…I’m talking over the course of the last TWENTY YEARS. Yes, for the first time ever, CKY have FINALLY given us a recorded cover of GG ALLIN classic “Bite It You Scum”. A long-time fan-favourite and a staple of their set list on the live stage forever, they finally put it to record and they’ve more than done it justice. It’s lost none of its raucous rock ‘n’ roll charm and still retains all of its raw punk attitude, while both refreshing and nostalgic at the same time. Having heard it live for all these years, we finally get a studio recording and it’s magnificent. While currently only available as a limited edition vinyl released for Record Store Day, (Were you lucky enough to get one?) I’m sure that sometime over the near future the EP will become available for download or streaming, or you should hope at least. Is this an EP you want? Is this an EP you NEED!? fuCKYea!