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ENEMIES/PITCH BLACK:
Split: CD
Enemies: Your basic modern punk band, not bad, not memorable. Pitch Black: Taut hardcore that stuck to the insides of the noggin’ better than the other band did. Liked the pumpkin head thing. –Jimmy Alvarado (Lookout)


DUANE PETERS & THE HUNNS:
Tickets to Heaven: CD
Duane Peters, the clown prince of punk rock, is so Old School that if he got run over by a bus and got his foot decapitated he’d probably replace it with a wooden pirate peg and stump around the stage, business as usual. Hell, he’d probably get Independent to build him a steel peg, invent a new skate trick (Pieces of Eight Stump Slide?) and we’d all stand around with our mouths hanging open and watch the sparks fly. Tickets to Heaven picks up right where the Hunns debut left off. I don’t know what the hell he’s singing about half the time, but who the fuck cares? Highly recommended. –jim (Disaster)


DOGS, THE:
Fed Up: CD
Never knew much about this band prior to their post-KBD-appearance popularity and I still don’t know much. What I do know is that they kicked out some grade-A MC5/Stooges jams way back before it was the cool, hip thing to do and that these tracks blow damn near any modern band claiming that style outta the water. Most of the bands whose records fetch a pretty penny these days are undeserving. These guys are an exception. Great, rockin’ shit. –Jimmy Alvarado (Dionysus)


DIRTSHAKES, THE:
The Kicks are Alright!: 10"EP
Uptempo Euro punk‘n’roll that’s pretty cool, but there’s so many others doing the exact same thing these days that this just doesn’t stand out much. I totally agree that “the '80s weren’t so cool,” though. –Jimmy Alvarado (Alien Snatch)


DILS, THE:
Class War: CD
Probably best known for their contribution of the snide ‘I Hate the Rich’ to the We’re Desperate LA punk Rhino compilation, The Dils were a California punk trio that kicked out high energy pop songs in late '70s. With the last collection of Dils' tunes going out of print over ten years ago, this new collection of long lost recordings will bring pleasure to many an ear. The Dils met some success and got to open for the Sex Pistols, record a couple of singles, and play energetic and hooky punk rock to a bigger and bigger audience. Sadly, the Dils are met their fate before spending any serious time in a studio, so the meat of this record is from a live show in 1980. It is a raw, right-out-of-the-soundboard mishmash, but it is all we have to reflect on their place in punk history with. –Guest Contributor (Bacchus Archives/Dionysus)


DERITA SISTERS, THE:
V-Boy Riot!: CD
Skip past the pointless introduction, and maybe just go on to track four, “Tomorrow Was Yesterday,” and let the disc play through from there. Recorded live in Germany sometime last year, the DeRita Sisters play punk in the style of the Buzzcocks, and later period Dils. Really good stuff. Imagine they must be fun live. Wouldn’t mind seeing them play here sometime. –Matt Average (Ralf Hunebeck)


DEF POETS SOCIETY:
Self-titled: CD
I was really nervous about putting this on after reading the “punk rock hip hop from Vancouver” description. Images of Korn and Limp Bizkwik filled my head. Well, it ain’t that, to their credit. It’s mostly straight hip hop. I’m not particularly impressed by the MCs or their rhymes, but they’ve got a hell of a good DJ behind them. Listening to him cut makes this almost worthwhile, but then a line like “my stomach’s a round thing” comes out of the speakers and blows the whole vibe. –Jimmy Alvarado (New Disorder)


DC SPECIAL, THE:
Self-titled: CD
A baker’s dozen served to you from a new and upcoming band from CA’s Inland Empire. There’s definitely a metal edge to their sound, yet hardly any guitar wanking can be found. The songs are very heavy on the power chords and are complimented by a vocalist who can belt them out with the best of ‘em. This is a very listenable release that I’ve played several times over already, and should they keep up the excellent work. I can see these guys going places. Recommended. –tim (Rock & Roll Revolution)


CRUCIAL SECTION:
Language Isn’t the Only Way to Communicate: LP
It’s scary to see that the back cover of this record almost looks like the back cover of a Manic Ears Records comp that I have from the late ‘80s, this is another band, who hail from Japan, that is part of the new Bandana-Core revival (or is it Bandana Thrash?). Whatever. Here is a band that wears their influences on their shirts. You see band names like Heresy, Ripcord and BGK in the pictures. That’s what I hear. Flannels and bandanas are also featured and recreates the look and the sound of the time period. Man, I love this stuff! Full on thrash where it doesn’t sound out of control. Tinges of crossover without being overtly metal. Mosh parts during the breaks in the song and steamroller fast sections. The great thing about punk is a new band recreates or changes the idealism of the scene all the time. It’s a self-replenishing scene. I just wish that it would all fall under one banner again instead of being broken up into all the sub-genres. One big happy family. –Donofthedead (625)


CROWD, THE:
Goes Wild: CDR
Man, what titillating sonic excitement The Crowd create! This is poppy surfpunk fury at its most pleasurable, pristine, and explosive... all-at-once harmonious, harried, and aesthetically full of unquenchable thirst for life! This dandy delight of a disc holds all of the necessary audial ingredients to make it a surefire punkrock classic: a heapin’ helping of snotty tit-twistin’ vocals; a spirited dash of robust backing choral chants; heavenly sugar-sweet swirls of perfectly timed harmonies; thick chunky slabs of rhythm guitar gutsiness; an ingratiating abundance of lead guitar strafings soarin’ straight through the stratosphere; and a concoctive mixture of rumbling bass expulsions and precise fever-pitched dead-between-the-eyes drumming. Indeed, it’s an ear-pleasing platter of well-executed musical magnificence, and I’m bedazzled beyond belief! –Guest Contributor (None)


CRIPPLE BASTARDS:
Misantropo A Senso Unico: CD
Hardcore/grindcore with enough tempo changes to keep the proceedings interesting. When they slow down, they sound a lot like Brazil’s Ratos de Porao. Good stuff. –Jimmy Alvarado (Deaf American)


COUNTERATTACK:
Fight Back: 7" EP
DC skinhead music that’s not bad musically. The lyrics are relatively well written, even if it is more of the same old flag-waving, right-wing bullshit that goes in hand with the style. They talk about giving respect to the soldiers who died in combat because they didn’t know they were going to fight a rich man’s war and then slag draft dodgers. Huh? Had those who died known they were fighting for the benefit of the rich and decided not to go, they’d have been draft dodgers, and hence asshole cowards, right? So, with that line of thinking, the only way they could possibly earn any honor is by dying in complete ignorance for the sole benefit of the wealthy. Taking a look at the pictures of the band, they look no older than 14. Just think, in four years you’ll be old enough to join the Marines and become cannon fodder for the next war, waving that flag and taking them bullets, completely oblivious to the fact that, no matter what the “cause,” no matter who the enemy is, the rich are the only ones who will ever gain anything from your “sacrifice.” Jesus, your fathers must be proud. –Jimmy Alvarado (Reality Clash)


CONTROLLERS:
Self-titled: CD
This brought back some memories. First time I heard ‘em was on the What Is It comp way back when. What always impressed me about the Controllers was the drive their songs had. Even though they weren’t particularly fast, they had the sound that reminded me of a Barracuda revving up on the line, waiting for the red light to change so it could peal off, screaming in the night. On some songs, like “Slow Boy,” they did just that. Collected here are the tracks from the aforementioned comp (which were in turn originally from their first EP), the Tooth and Nail comp, the Do the Uganda EP, some demos, a track from offshoot band Kaos and some re-workings from the period in the '90s when they reformed as Skull Control. To say this is mandatory would be an understatement. –Jimmy Alvarado (Dionysus)


COCKNOOSE:
White Trash Messiahs: CD
Ain’t too hip on the “redneck pride” trip that all o’ these Confederacy of Scum bands are on, but I do like the music on this CD. Loud southern rock‘n’roll with a definite punk edge, sorta Molly Hatchet meets Motorhead, if you will. This disc may not save my life, but it sure as hell is gonna make the walls in my apartment rattle for some time to come. –Jimmy Alvarado (Steel Cage)


CHOKING VICTIM:
Crack Rock Steady/Squatta’s Paradise: Split CD
Operation Ivy did that whole ska punk thing way back when, and it sucked. Bands for some reason feel they must do the same, and it still sucks. –Matt Average (Tent City)


CHICKS WITH DICKS:
Sisters In Rock: CDEP
Don’t know how long they’ll hang on to the name, seeing as their sound is totally accessible pop rock. This shit is really bad. Really bad. Not one bit of saving grace can be found in the pap they churn out. The best sound coming from this disc was when it hit the bottom of my trash can. –Matt Average (Roland Eisenbrand)


CHICKENHAWKS:
Live as Hell: 7" EP
Just as the title implies, it’s the Chickenhawks, live as hell. Five tracks of sludgy, atonal rock‘n’roll, just as it should be. Sound quality is great, as is the performance. For all you collector whores, it’s on yellow vinyl. Snatch ‘em up while you can. –Jimmy Alvarado (Steel Cage)


CHARISMATICS, THE:
Self-titled: CD
This is melodic high-energy pop punk that’s as smoothly polished as a freshly minted 25-cent piece! The Charismatics perfectly create a frenetically pulsating sonic collage containing some of the most complex harmonies and intricately textured melodies that’s ever jubilantly leapt into my ears. It’s a stunning, powerful, and energetically unrelenting release solidly similar to several of the sugary-sweet punk boy wonders on the Fat Wreck Chords roster... so if ya prefer your punkrock unruliness with a delectable dose of giddy goodtime poppiness, then I thoroughly recommend the harmonious hi-jinks of The Charismatics. This disc is damn good all the way down to the very last ditty! –Guest Contributor (Stompbox)


CAPITALIST CASUALTIES:
Planned Community 6: EP
Yep, six inches. You read that right. Unlike the 5” you futilely tug away at, this thing can be played. And loud! In a sense there’s a theme to this record. School and church (the subject of the first two songs) all exist in the modern American community, and they are no longer what they appear to be, and this whole line of thinking that a planned community is a safe haven is shattered, as summed up in the title track. Where will you be when this band plays the show marking 20 years? –Matt Average (Six Weeks)


BUSRIDER:
Best Friends Forever: CD
It’s very telling when even a band’s short songs, at less than two minutes, are too long. Your education is ruining your efforts to be a band. Quit school, pick up a debilitating addiction and then record an album, ‘cause as it stands, your college rock sound ain’t got no soul. –Jimmy Alvarado (Fear of Working)


BRIEFS, THE:
C’mon Squash Me Like a Bug: 7"
“Squash Me...” is a piece of punk rock fine art, like a musically accomplished, more pop savvy Deadbeats. Side two is a snooty little ditty that, while not as all-out bitchin’ as the other side, is still worthy of your short attention spans. I guess since grunge has come ‘n’ gone, Sub Pop is trying to find some way to reconnect itself with its roots. More power to ‘em. –Jimmy Alvarado (Sub Pop)


BOUNCING SOULS, THE:
How I Spent My Summer Vacation: CD
Upon first listen, I instantaneously concluded that the fast-paced pop-punk ferocity contained herein is bein’ frenetically churned-out for the baggy-pants, chain-wallet, bleached-hair crowd. But ya know what, the precise high-energy sonic aggressiveness of these youthful lil’ melody-makers suddenly lurched forward, grabbed me by the balls, and then rambunctiously swung me around and around until I could no longer see straight... so after several more minutes of enjoyable ear-attentiveness, I’ve decided that this disc is catchy as all get-up, and I should be eternally grateful for such lively musical immensity. Only one certifiable caustic complaint though: the “True Believers” song is a thinly veiled sped-up rip-off of the Ramones “My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes To Bitburg)”, so please give credit where it’s undeniably due, fellas! Other than that, I’m deliriously overwhelmed... I feel young and virile again thanks to the musical spasticity of The Bouncing Souls... waaahooooo! –Guest Contributor (Epitaph)


BOTTLES AND SKULLS:
Never Kiss The Wasp: CD
Hot damn juicy-fruit motherfuck, this is pure gut-pummelling high-octane audial unruliness! It’s a raucously roarin’ whirlwind of equal parts savage punkrock fury and primitive dirtbag rock’n’roll vileness... as if Black Flag, Fear, Motorhead, The Wimps, and Nashville Pussy were all involved in a razor-slashed street scuffle deathmatch in a trash-strewn inner city alleyway. Man, I’ve got Bottles And Skulls so loudly blastin’ right now that my ears are lacerated, convulsing, and profusely gushing irreplaceable amounts of blood. Waaahooooo, I’m brain-damaged beyond redemption thanks to the kick-ass sonic wickedness thunderously ragin’ throughout this decadent and dangerous disc! –Guest Contributor (www.bottlesandskulls.com)


BLOW UP, THE:
True Noise: CD
This three-piece bring the trash, light it up on the porch, play with it, and watch it burn. The Blow Up hurl through stomping, red-line, pop the clutch and smash the Lambretta (an LI Series II if you’re gonna get technical and go by the cover) though the garage door mania. They seem to revel in eradicating the pus of splinters from broken soul, broken strings, broken melodies, and pierced eardrums. It’s one of those records where I’m always reaching for the volume knob and cranking it ‘til my teeth chatter and my ears ring. Yeah, it’s spazzy, but in the way that Scared of Chaka noise it up, upon returned listens, I had this revelation: “Holy fucking shit, there’s some songs in there, some actual songwriting capability, not just fuzz, racket, screaming, scramming, jamming, and cramming.” True Noise is like finding change in your pocket after laundry. It doesn’t stink and you feel unexpectedly a little bit richer. –Todd Taylor (www.theblowup.net)


BLOOD OR WHISKEY:
No Time to Explain: CD
More traditional Irish music punked up for your listening pleasure. I really liked this kinda stuff when it was first coming out, but, like ska, pop punk, punk‘n’roll, emo and nearly everything else, it’s starting to wear a little thin, kids. Time to exploit another country’s music, like Bavaria or something. –Jimmy Alvarado (mero@eircom.net)


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