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Oh Hell by The Specks

In. Your. Face. That’s the feeling you get from The Specks. It’s raw-ass punk with enough energy to make you want to ride your skateboard into oncoming traffic or try to shoot the pier on your longboard. It’s probably a bad idea, but that adrenaline is pumping, special thanks to Nay, Jay, Bri, and Oli from The Specks. Based out of London, Ontario this punk/hardcore outfit has crafted their sound to their liking and relays it as well as possible in their recording. You stumble upon some punk or hardcore that sounds too polished and clean, not rugged and kick-ass enough. You then stumble upon some punk band that recorded their EP on a 2 channel mixer and it’s kick-ass but is mixed like trash (that is pretty punk though). Finally, you stumble on The Specks and get the perfect blend of kick-ass in-your-face punk and quality recording and mixing. This 1 minute and 20 second track was busted out in about 4 hours according to the band.
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Location: London, Ontario, Canada

Members: Nay, Jay, Bri, Oli

Track Reviewed: Oh Hell

Producer: Simon Larochette

DAW Used In Production Of Track: Pro Tools

Gear Used: RAT distortion pedal

How long did this track take to finish?: 4 Hours

Anything you’d like to have done differently?: Nope, turned out how we wanted to.

From The Band: Specks are a London Ontario based punk and hardcore band established in the summer of 2017. The band features Bri Lue-Kim (Necrosaurus Rex, The Alcohollys) on bass guitar, Oliver Davey (PLEB) on guitar, Nathan Noble (BYKWIW, A Horse & His Boy, Millennials, Alarm Cat) on vocals and Jay Kypers (Alarm Cat, The Elepunks, Coconut and The Cucks) on drums. Within their first year they have opened for such acts as Voltang, Dead Tired and Canadian legends D. O. A. on the main stages of London and played several shows around southwestern Ontario and Quebec. The band’s sound takes inspiration from early 2000’s southwestern Ontario hardcore and post hardcore outfits and blends in a straight ahead punk grittiness that gives them their distinctive sound. Specks are slated to release their debut 6 track 7′ EP Twopenny Hangover this summer/fall on Synicalist Records and are booked to play several fests to support their first release.

When and where was this recorded? This single was recorded alongside 5 other tracks for our “Twopenny Hangover” EP in February at The Sugar Shack Recording Studio in London with Simon Larochette.


What’s different about this recording? We wanted to make a real gritty, unpolished feel for this EP. We thought about adding group vocals and other ideas but felt we wanted this release to sound like just the four of us. The record is very straight ahead and raw. It almost sounds like it’s live off the floor. Really pulls no punches and is unapologetic throughout.

Special message from Specks: We want to thank all our friends for coming out and supporting us! We’ve already got way more stuff on the horizon and want to make you all a part of it as much as possible! We’ll be making a house party themed video in the fall and want all your lovely faces to be in it! For now, sharing is caring as they say so if you dig this track then share it anyway you can! Also the lyric video for Oh Hell was made with retaliation in mind towards over zealous street preachers who have been harassing anyone they don’t see as “righteous” so we just want to shout out a HAPPY PRIDE to all the LGBTQTPIES out there just being yourselves! We made this one for you! ♥️

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