Album Review: Sex Snobs – Emotional Stuffing
Sex Snobs has been one of Oklahoma City’s premier rock groups since 2013. The band features multiple members of the city’s DIY punk scene and has remained a grassroots effort, but their new record, “Emotional Stuffing,” is their most professional yet.
Just by reading the credits fans can discover that infamous Chicago rock musician and producer Steve Albini helped engineer the record. It’s rather safe to assume that Nirvana was the favorite band of these musicians at one point or another, so having the man responsible for recording “In Utero” in charge is a big deal.
Although the band’s members are already through with their teenage years, “Emotional Stuffing” sounds more like a coming of age album than any previous work. The album’s first two tracks — “Ritalin” and “Amnesiac Protagonist” — are two-minute snapshots that detail the dreary feeling of becoming an adult.
The album’s first few songs are mid-paced, grunge-influenced rockers, but the quieter moments on every Sex Snobs LP are equally important. “Problems With Math” is a reflective acoustic track in which vocalist/guitarist Alex Barnard attempts to barter his time spent learning arithmetic for something more satisfying.
“Black Friday” instantly calls to mind the uniquely quiet and moody alt-rock of Slint. Arcane lyrics about going to the mall are interspersed between several short blasts of noise rock and successfully, along with other interesting numbers, break apart the album and keep even a casual listener engaged.
“Emotional Stuffing” is also the first full record to be released on High Dive Records from a band originating outside of the greater Kansas City area. San Antonio’s Pinko participated in a split with Bummer earlier this year, and Denver’s Dressy Bessy has material coming soon, but Sex Snobs are playing a large part in the prolific Kansas City label’s regional expansion.