A horrible hack



Year Released: 2010
Format: CD
Label: Gunner Records
Reviewed by Joe Callaghan on Oct 4, 2010
Some guys from this band used to be in Milemarker and Challenger. Instantly good. Thatís not even up for debate. I knew this was going to kick my head in before I ever heard it. Itís definitely a little different than I expected, but itís still quite marvellous. Itís punk fucking rock, but it sounds nothing like all that FEST stuff. No beers or bromance here. It steers closer towards the more prominent SST acts of the 1980ís, with a contemporary studio output of course. Heck, even the hooks on the first track are near identical to the instantly recognisable Rise Above. The guitars arenít quite as free as Greg Ginnís signature unstructured chaos nor is the whole article as assaulting as Black Flag, but there is a baring resemblance within the hooks and structures. Thereís a lot of Garage Rock characteristics etched into their slick, rigid formulas, but it never strays outside of what can be considered punk rock. In fact, itís incredibly refreshing to hear a solid punk rock record that isnít wearing current Floridian influences on every sleeve. Itís hard and raging. The vocals are coarse and flat and the guitar is razor sharp. Everything cuts through the mix and stabs you right in the skull, in a Hot Snakes manner, and whilst there are no memorable sing alongs, the entire record will relentlessly hammer through a dozen songs at a steamrolling pace, and youíll probably want to catch every second of it. Unless youíre a bastard. Youíre not a bastard are you?
Recommended record by Collective Zine!

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