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Bred in Michigan and raised in Arizona, Phoenix-based punk ‘n’ rollers Scorpion vs. Tarantula deliver the best kind of swift kick in the balls with this six-song 10-inch EP. After three killer long-players, the band serves up some of its best material to date on Scorpion vs. Tarantula, which hones the group’s high-impact blend of no-frills hard rock and bare-knuckled ’77-style punk to an edge that would do a scalpel proud. Featuring five new originals and a revved-up cover of the Pandoras’ “You’re All Talk,” Scorpion vs. Tarantula has everything you want from one of Phoenix’s best live acts — big, snarling guitars, plenty of pile-driving backbeat, and the glorious banshee howl of front-gal L. Hotshot. If you’re looking for the dangerous fun you get from revving a Harley up to 120 mph, but without having to leave the house, Scorpion vs. Tarantula is just the slab of vinyl you’ve been looking for.