ABORTED TORTOISE's debut album, An Beach, is just about everything you'd hope for from a Western Australian punk record> 15 tracks, half/hour run time, lots of sun/struck goon/flecked thrashing and a salty scintilla of uncynical surf rock. ... With the lo/fi immediacy of The Sonics, the faux/dumbass sensibilities of the Ramones and the sly musical inventiveness of Dead Kennedys, Aborted Tortoise definitely recall a lot of crucial punk touchstones. Meanwhile I'm also reminded of Melbourne brat/boys Ausmuteants, and more specifically, 0s Perth band The Feends / bonkers treble/heavy riffing with post/Ventures noodling and snotty sandgroper vocals. Plus, tongues balanced delicately in cheeks.... Aborted Tortoise might make most sense in the live setting> the visceral impact of a band going ballistic is most logically received there/and/then, with the sweat beads landing in your eyeballs. But like that recent winning album from Boat Show, An Beach does a stellar job of bottling the mayhem. Take it home, uncork it, let it breathe and then scull it like the filthy little demon you are.