A horrible hack

Moral Straightjacket

Corruption and English majors all around me

Year Released: 2012
Format: CD
Label: self released
 
Reviewed by Adam Cassidy on Feb 9, 2013
This is a rock band from Irvine, USA. I don't know where that is, but maybe you do.

This band attempts an influence most people either don't dare, or fail to really pull off at all. It's a big rocking late 80s hardcore sound, somewhere between Moss Icon and Supertouch. Not afraid to blub, but definitely not afraid to rawk. People turned off by slow rock riffs in hardcore punk need to close the tab, and fans of that wholesome gutsy and emotive punk sound you just can't get anymore should probably open a new tab and load up this bands bandcamp.

Some seriously memorable lyrics and guitar licks here, the vocalist himself is spot on: half spoken, half desperate yelling, yes! Bongos and synthesizers are also used. You have been warned. The track "Sometimes it goes south" is probably a little bit too much of a Moss Icon rip for some people, but seeing as no one gives a fuck about actually playing that kinda punk, I'll allow it.

Really hope this isn't just some project which dies when the inevitable "oh shit no one actually like this music" gush hits in. Maybe I will try and convince Andy Malcolm to give them a free pass to his bank balance so they don't?


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