A horrible hack


For Victory

Year Released: 2010
Format: CD
Label: 86'd Records and Fanzine
Reviewed by Michael Stewart on Nov 10, 2010
While music should be the focus of record reviewing, let this be said – this is one of the most beautifully packaged releases you are likely to come across this year, and for that reason it must come recommended. Mercifully the tunes are pretty good too. Stating that Rations play ‘gruff punk’ will no doubt interest the committed and repel the detractors in equal measure, and the customary traces of Dillinger Four, Jawbreaker and most of No Idea Records output are all over this disc. It might, though, be doing the band a little disservice, because there is an endearing haphazardness and direct political anger that has been absent from a lot of the more recent offerings made by the aforementioned Gainesville label. This haphazardness occasionally tips over into giving the EP more of a compilation feel than one of an intended piece, but it also recalls earlier luminaries like Crimpshrine and Fifteen, and that’s no bad thing.

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