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SCRAPS AND HEART ATTACKS:
Still Sick: CD
Pissed-off hardcore with that big Marshall sound. Surprisingly stronger than expected. –Jimmy Alvarado (Triple Crown)


SCOTCHGREENS:
O.C.6.16.02: CD
Live country/roots-punk like Flogging Molly tearing a jig with the Supersuckers. Pretty good sound. Perhaps you will dance your own dance. –Cuss Baxter (Accident Prone)


RUNNAMUCKS:
Of a Different Breed: CD
Hereís the facts: this band who I am only vaguely familiar with fucking rocks (and thrashes) like a slightly better recorded Jerryís Kids, who happen to be one of my all-time favorite hardcore bands. Thereís werewolves on the cover, and I was too lazy to check the lyrics, but itís highly possible that there are some werewolf songs as well. Thatís just icing on the cake, though. When bands rip it up as much these guys, they donít even need werewolf songs to rope me in. –Josh (Six Weeks)


ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS:
Rocket Redux: promo CD
Produced and recorded by Richard Lloyd of Television! Need I say more? Hey, even The Stooges got back together, so why not RFTT? If there was a Cleveland band responsible for spawning one worthy act after another (Pere Ubu and The Dead Boys), RTFF should take the credit, but they canít hold a candle to glory of The Dead Boys. No sir. I know Iím getting a lot of flack for this because all you record collector types are immediately going to poo poo what I just said. Well, fuck you. I think The Pagans rule, anyways. –Namella J. Kim (Smog Veil)


ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS:
Rocket Redux: CD-EP
Three tracks (ďSonic Reducer,Ē ďAmphetamine,Ē and ďMuckraker,Ē respectively) from a forthcoming full-length release of new recordings from this legendary band, apparently their first ever proper ďstudioĒ effort. Iíll let you know more as soon as the full-length comes out. –Jimmy Alvarado (Smog Veil)


ROCKBOTTOM:
Throw Away: CD

If you wanted to hear four ordinary looking Japanese guys play a mixture of Cheap Trick and Kiss meets AC/DC, this is your potion for headbanging fun. If you are a drummer, this is even a bigger boner. The guy is a banger who is tech and wild at the same time. The songs are infectious and also on the border of being cliche. Songs sung in English with the strong accent off Japanese. Interesting.

–Donofthedead (Target Earth)


RIVERDALES:
Phase Three: CD
I never really bought all the claims that Screeching Weasel sounded like the Ramones. Sure, there were some basic similarities in the guitars and drums, but there were also some glaring differences: Benís singing style was snotty (he sounded more like Fat Mike than Joey Ramone), Dan Panic had a way of filling in empty spaces in the song with some genuinely amazing drumming, and Jugheadís guitar was way too happy to get confused with Johnny Ramoneís. When Screeching Weasel broke up for the first (or second, or third, I never could keep track) time, and Ben took his rhythm section with him and formed The Riverdales. They eliminated Jugheadís guitar and thus started sounding more like the Ramones. It seemed to be the point. Still, Benís singing was snotty and Dan Panicís drumming was amazing. Then, we had some reunions and breakups of the Riverdales/Screeching Weasel combinations, some newcomers adding different wrinkles, some awesome albums and some albums we should all forget about (cough-cough-Emo-cough-cough), and now weíre back to a broken-up Screeching Weasel and a reformed Riverdales, minus Dan Panic, plus Dan Lumley on drums. And now, they really sound like the Ramones. I mean, they really sound like the Ramones. Like, I could be playing this album and you could walk into the room and get a weird look on your face for a solid five minutes as you try to figure out which Ramones album this is, yet not ask me which Ramones album this is lest you be caught not knowing all the Ramones albums instantly upon walking into a room. Benís singing has lost the snottiness, heís deepened his voice, and he now sounds a lot like Joey. Dan Lumley doesnít have the fills that Dan Panic had (damn, do I miss that Dan Panic drumming), and the bass for Screeching Weasel/Riverdales always sounded like the Ramones. So now theyíve finally gotten there. Iíll say it again, they really sound like the Ramones. But, of course, this begs the question: if you want to listen to something that sounds this much like the Ramones, why not just play a Ramones album? Iím not sure that I have the answer to that one. But I do keep playing this Riverdales album, even if Iím not sure why. –Todd Taylor (145 Records)


RIPCORDZ:
What if They Held a Revolution and Nobody Came?: CD
These guys are punk as fuck and play fifteen tracks of good punk rock. The songs go from fast to slow to mid-paced, and youíve got your singalongs in here, too. Itís all good stuff. They hail from Montreal, Quebec and have been around for over ten years. The lyrics cover a wide variety of topics. This is a solid release and I must also say the packaging is good. From all the pictures in this CD, the crowd at their shows looks like they are having one hell of a time. Get this CD and you will too. –Guest Contributor (Mayday Records)


RICKSHAW:
Sonic Overload: CD
Big sound Scandinavian rock bands are dime-a-dozen nowadays. Time to find another genre to run into the fucking ground, kids. –Jimmy Alvarado (Devil Doll)


REVOLVERS, THE:
End Of Apathy: CD
The Revolvers straddle a line between The Boys and The Supersuckers with surprisingly good results. Itís pretty amazing how well bands from Europe can take American rock and turn it on its ear. Melodic punk, with a huge rock sound, but they do start to lose some steam three-quarters of the way in. –Guest Contributor (I Used To Fuck People Like You In Prison)


REAGAN NATIONAL CRASH DIET:
Sucktastic: CD
Of the eight tracks here, only ďWhite Man (Remix)Ē didnít sound like a variation on the bad college punk that comprise the other tracks. ďSucktastic,Ē indeed. –Jimmy Alvarado (Rooster Crow)


RADIO ONE:
demo: CD
This is a nine-song demo of power punk. Reminds me a lot of the US Bombs recent material. Good punk songs with lots of hooks and melodies. Itís well done and thereís even a reggae tune at the end for you. Yes, they have been influenced by the Clash and US Bombs, but who cares? Thatís not bad and this band makes good music, which is what counts at the end of the day. If Iím not mistaken, these guys are from Southern California, too. All in all, a good demo. Check their website to see how you can get your copy and check Ďem out if they play your town. –Guest Contributor (Radio One)


QUEER W‹LF:
Self- titled: 7"
Fuck yeah, what a good record. If youíre looking for a new favorite band that doesnít fit into any pre-existing punk rock niche, and you often find yourself soaking your undies to the sound of bands like the Grabass Charlestons and the Dead Things, look no further. You can almost smell the stale beer and sweat while this record is playing. –Josh (This Here)


PURRS, THE:
Self-titled: CD
In some ways, this is exactly the type of album you would expect from a label called ďGarage Pop,Ē and songs with titles like ďGot KissedĒ and ďBirthday PartyĒ sound pretty much like youíd expect them to. Itís female-fronted (the band is seventy-five percent female), and it owes a lot to Nikki and the Corvettes, the Go-Gos (or at least Jane Wiedlin), and Holly Golightly. Thereís even a song that asks the age-old question, ďWhy canít I have two boyfriends?Ē I canít answer that one, but I can say that The Purrs do have enough pop to keep me singing along, and enough of an edge to keep me interested. They havenít quite mastered this type of rockíníroll the way the Gore Gore Girls have, but this is still a solid album. –Sean Carswell (Garage Pop)


PURPLE HEARTS:
Beat That!: CD
A reissue of the first album by one of the UKís premier Ď70s mod outfits, long out of print and now making it to CD some twenty-three years after its initial release. Unlike the bands that comprised the US ďpaisley underground,Ē the Purple Hearts, like the Jam, have a more Ď60s-channeled-through-punk sound, meaning that, while the songwriting shows a strong Ď60s influence, the actual sound of the band is considerably more modern, eschewing stereotypical trappings like Gretsch 12-strings and faux sitar solos for a more solid guitar attack. Included are informative liner notes on the bandís rise and inevitable fall, plus assorted singles and B-sides. –Jimmy Alvarado (Captain Oi)


PULSES, THE:
Little Brothers: CD
Weird. Not artsy enough to dismiss as pretentious crap, too complicated to fully rock, and too caught up in writing songs to remember stuff like hooks and such. I donít get it, but then again, Iíd rather listen to the Motards than the Beatles, so thereís your grain of salt. –Josh (Dirtnap)


PRIMATE 5, THE:
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-Ape!: CD
I really like Go Metric! zine and Iíve found that my tastes in music and Go Metric! editor Mike Faloonís taste in music is very, very similar. On top of that, Mike has taken it upon himself to allegedly put out the missing Weird Lovemakers album (I say allegedly because everything that has anything to do with the Weird Lovemakers is alleged at this point), and thatís my all-time favorite missing album. So it would just make sense that Iíd go ape (get it?) over The Primate 5. They play a mix of surf and garage music Ė garage like Ď60s throwback rockíníroll, not garage like The Hives, which is really just Ď90s style rockíníroll Ė that sometimes has vocals (which are a good touch) and sometimes has lyrics (which are generally funny, especially in ďGreenwood House of MysteryĒ and ďDrinkiní BirdĒ), but the music in and of itself is enough to keep this album interesting. This CD also comes with a pretty big insert about the band, but I lost the insert before I could read it, so, as a reviewer, Iím left with only the music to comment on. The songs are organ backed and bounce like something out of a Frankie Avalon/Annette Funicello movie. Or not exactly like that, but like I always imagined a remake of those old Frankie Avalon/Annette Funicello movies would be like if they had real surfers and real greasers and punk rockers in them. Iíve spent a lot of time stoned, watching those old movies. Well, okay, I spent two hours stoned one time, watching one of those old movies, but it was a vivid two hours and I came up with the perfect remake movie in my head, and now I know that The Primate 5 would be the perfect band to play it. If that makes any sense to anyone. –Sean Carswell (Go Metric!)


PRACTICE:
Fight Back: 7"
My feelings on Japanese punk rock summed up in two words? Woo hoo. Snuffy Smile Records, in particular, is practically flawless, and this is no exception. Practice is along the lines as the Tim Version, with the tunefully chaotic melodies and the tighter-than-fish-pussy instrumental interlock. The vocals sound a lot like their Japanese forebears Screaming Fat Rat, and it may in fact be the same guy. If you can find this record, or any Snuffy Smile release, buy it on sight. –Josh (Snuffy Smile)


POPULAR SHAPES:
Bikini Style: CD
I love The Fall. I love Wire. And I love The Popular Shapes. When I see The Popular Shapes live, I scream with delight and they have motivated me to leave the house more times than I would want to count. I secretly question the taste of my friends who donít like them. Bikini Style captures the live excitement and adds to it, creating a record that might even make some non-fans into converts. I know that people will say itís No Wave or Art Rock, and The Popular Shapes might take from those genres, but the results are like tossing it into a concrete mixer and getting pure magic. Highly recommended. –Josh (On/On Switch)


POPULAR SHAPES, THE/INTELLIGENCE, THE: :
Split: 7"
The Popular Shapes sound kind of like the Minutemen, and when I say that they sound like the Minutemen, I mean that they sound like the parts of the songs that were really disjointed. The main difference between the Minutemen and the Popular Shapes is that no matter how noisy and abrasive the Minutemen got, all you had to do was wait a few seconds for everything to mesh together and they would rule your school. The Intelligence played in the background while I ate pizza. –Josh (Dirtnap)


PIPEDOWN:
Mental Weaponry: CD
I still have a copy of their Enemies of Progress CD that I reviewed awhile ago. Letís see what I notice here after slapping this puppy into the player. First off, a maturity is showing in their song writing. The songs are so much stronger than their previous release. Kind of like modern day AFI meets the Refused in how they are approaching their musicianship. A lot of riffing, changes and vocal interplay while still maintaining a melody is whatís going on here. Itís hard to believe they recorded in the same studio as their previous release because the production is so much stronger here. I think this one is going into the CD changer in the car now. I like what Iím hearing. –Donofthedead (A-F)


PHANTOM LIMBS:
Displacement: CD
I may have said it before, but if Hell has an amusement park, these guys hafta be responsible for the merry-go-round music. Claustrophobic, gloomy, intense, and oddly catchy these boys are, infusing their tunes with just enough art to throw things outta whack but not so much that it dilutes the rock. Reminds me of all the things I love about punk and have kept me listening to it for twenty-four years. –Jimmy Alvarado (Alternative Tentacles)


PEACH FUZZ:
About A Bird: CD
Pop that takes its cues from the mid-í60s. Lotsa stylistic explorations and hella strong songwriting keep things interesting. –Jimmy Alvarado (Dionysus)


PARK:
It Wonít Snow Where You Are Going: CD
Iím losing my mind with all these emo bands. Iím know Iím old if this is what the kids like. –Donofthedead (Lobster)


PARIAH CASTE:
Sissyphean Slope + 2: CD-EP
Fitting band name Ďcause, playing the emo crap that they do, they belong in a pariah caste. –Jimmy Alvarado (Not Bad)


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