A horrible hack

Bobby Peru

Liberate Tute Me Ex Inferis

Year Released: 2000
Format: 7"
Label: two friends
Reviewed by Andy Malcolm on Jun 13, 2007
It kind of puzzles me a little bit when a European band has a "San Diego" influence. Because they are going to be playing a pre-conceived idea of that sound based on a couple of records they heard, rather than being at the shows, knowing the people, and seeing it played out first hand. And it comes across as a bit contrived.

Not that Bobby suck real bad. Far from it, it's just that they have a ways to go before they get to be amazing. Just like them San Diego bands, Robert Peru are playing punk rock and bringing it up to date, much in the vein of bands like Swing Kids or Crimson Curse, or perhaps Refused for a closer to home feel. Cool though that the band have realised Swing Kids changed hardcore and made playing any style that pre-dated them pretty much redundant.

Pretty standard punk rock parts career into more chaotic sections with screaming vocals, and the whole thing starts shaking to the ground. Opening song "Liberate Tute Me" is pretty cool, and gets really awesome towards the end with a whole bunch of people yelling the song title. "Emotion Killer" is very straight-forward (in as much as this style can be) but has a lovely slow part, and "Social Welfare Program" also has a cool jazzy break that erupts into manic punk rock again.

As an extra plus, it is on see-thru red vinyl. And the pictures of the band members skulls is neat.

So, breaks about as much ground as a child attempting to drill it's way to the earths core using a plastic spade, but enjoyable for anyone into the style.

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