|1. ||Tora! Tora! Torrance! - Hands Off The Keyboard Kid
|2. || Swing By Seven - The First Taste
|3. || Swing By Seven - La Fever!
||TORA! TORA! TORRANCE! / SWING BY SEVEN
7" | INIT-12
Minneapolis' Tora! Tora! Torrance! serve up one new exclusive track, and the bands' best song to date in my opinion. !TTT! have dished out two full-length CDs on The Militia Group. Swing By Seven features an ex-member of Eclipse Of Eden and their two songs sound like a mixture of Nation Of Ulysses and the Germs with equal parts sass and screaming.
I remember how the first idea for this 7" came out. I was at a Ten Grand show at Big V's in St. Paul, Minnesota. It must have been like December or January because it was really really cold and there was snow on the ground. Ten Grand had to sneak me in the back door cause I was only 20 at the time and it was a 21+ show. Nick from TTT came up to me and said "I hear you are doing a 7" for Swing By Seven" unfortunately, that wasn't really the case. I mean, Joe Ross from Swing By Seven had told me he wanted to put out something on Init Records but I never committed to anything, and here they were spreading rumors of an upcoming Init Records release. But Joe Ross is such a great guy, I didn't want to make a liar out of him, and went up to Nick a few minutes later and asked if TTT would have any interest in doing a split with Swing By Seven. He said "probably" and then I talked to Joe Ross about it, and the two bands played a bunch of shows together and talked about it more. Then Nick from TTT e-mailed me and said they could record a song in a couple months if I still wanted to do a split 7" with them and SBS. Obviously I said yes, and this 7" was the result, several months later.
First pressing (September 2003): 49 on dark blue marble vinyl, 51 on light blue marble vinyl, 900 on black vinyl. Pressed at United Record Pressing.
Punk Planet #60:
"TTT! improve their sound from 2001's atrocious Get Into It, shifting from nu-garage to the early post-punk revival. I'm skeptical of such trendiness. Swing By Seven play two great, frantic rockers reminiscent of when San Diego Gravity bands stopped throwing tantrums and added that accessible swing to their sound."- Vincent Chung
"Tora! Tora! Torrance! plays lo-fi garage style fashion punk. I could totally see one of their shows being like a fashion show. I don't know other bands like this, but that's the vibe I got from this. Swing By Seven were more intense, screamy, and dramatic musically, while Tora! Tora! Torrance! were more mellow and even paced. I'm sure some people will be stoked on this, but I couldn't relate to the lyrics of either band."- Chris Duprey