Liskot ("The Lizards") is a rather young punk-band that doesn't spread too much information about itself. The band was formed in 2009, and after two demos they decided to self-release their debut full-lenght - and are at the moment sending it free of charge to people who're interested in obtaining it, which must be the main reason for the quite crude and DIY-packaging. The three band members use pseudonyms, because they want people to concentrate on the actual music without thinking about who created it.
The band's music is based on mostly faster punk when it comes to the songs' structure, attitude, execution and the lo-fi soundscape (which reminds me of some lo-fi street punk or even oi!-stuff), but it has strong influences from stoner and progressive rock that makes Liskot's music a bit difficult to categorize - and the fact that the album was recorded live doesn't really help me with this matter. The songs last from one to two minutes, are based on simple and groovy, even jamming riffs that keep the songs moving really well and also keep them interesting for many plays, and are topped with shouted vocals and slightly sloppy execution due to the recording style.
Sadly there's also some weaker songs, most of them originally being from the band's (well more cruddy) demos; for example the song "Kusipää hammastahnapää" has a rather weak and simple riff that keeps the song stuck to it's place, and the chorus is so repetitive that it gets annoying already on the first time you hear it. The repetitive chorus ruins the song "Suodatinpussit", too, and the existence of these pieces make the listening experience much less pleasant. Luckily the rest of the songs are way better, but the album still suffers from it's material being so uneven in it's quality. Most of the songs are from originate from the early days of Liskot, so it's understandable that the band wasn't able to bring enough life and groove to them. Why they had to include these songs on the album instead of waiting until they have enough new tunes for an album? I don't know.
The vocals are a chapter of their own. There's two vocalists, and their output seems lacking self-criticism both in the good and the bad way. It sounds as they're using spesific voices for some songs which brings variation to the album, but these voices also cause the vocals to sound too humorous and plain stupid. Luckily the vocals have been recorded with bad equipment causing them to sound damp, slightly powerless and distorted, which also evens out their annoying values. Even though they're nonetheless rather disturbing if you focus on them, they fit into the music without standing out too much.
Everyone wants to know what a punk-band sings about. Liskot sings about some of their less fond childhood memories and childlike observations mixed with, or alongside of, criticism towards the law enforcement, religions and modern society. Most of the time the critique is veiled behind bad or childish humour and irony. Even though this mixture might sound bizarre on paper, it actually functions pretty well in context; even though makes it even more hard to know how seriously one should take the band. To help this, the band didn't add any actual lyrics to accompany the release. Instead, they wrote a brief explanation about the songs' themes, and possibly to your surprise these writings show that the band actually has something meaningful to say, and they're making even daring notes about people and our world.
Liskot have a good deal of fresh and even original ideas and methods used in their music, and they seem to do things their own way. Good. Sadly this album seems to have been released too early as there's some stuff the band still needs to work on, such as plain coldly leaving out the weaker songs. On this release the band's style doesn't seem to have stabilized yet, meaning that due to the partially out-dated songs the band gives an out-dated image of it's whole expression. I also think that the band doesn't yet fully employ it's "rudeness" to go their own way and to not care. This album is a good occasional listen and should shake you up a bit for the good or for the (very) bad, but the partially disjointed style and a couple of less enjoyable tunes lower the value of the whole listening experience.