I must admit when I plonked this one on the stereo for the first time, I was pretty sure that No Babies were a Japanese band. There was something, I don’t know, distinctly Melt Banana about them; the jagged punk intensity and shrill femme shrieking paired with that ‘f*ck it all’ attitude. They’re not Japanese though, the band are from the sizzling musical hotbed of Oakland, California and this self titled LP is their debut release. It’s darned good too, providing you’ve got a nagging desire to hear frenetic, angular punk music that’s almost so brief that it’s barely there. The album clocks in at a respectable (in punk terms) sixteen minutes, and in that time they manage to bash through ten whole songs. Of course some of them only last a mere thirty seconds but that’s hardly the point. If songs had to be three minutes long then we never would have had Napalm Death’s ‘Scum’ and what a cruel world we would be living in without that one. Just chuck yer ears around ‘Ring Ring’ that sounds something like a Madness multitrack tape being thrown down a flight of stairs and melted with a candle while a free jazz band play in the next room. Agressively flavoured music, and all the better for it.