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THINMEN:
Nothing Like Our Picture: CD
Actually, it’s just like the picture. They both make me nauseous. –Megan Pants (Narrow People)


KUMPLEBASIS:
Machte des Alltags: CD
Ummmm… they’re German, they’ve got horns, and I think the lead singer is “zany.” Oh yeah, and the inlay is a picture of some guy with glistening man-tits. I didn’t like that, either. –Megan Pants (Intensive Scare)


COFFINBERRY:
Self-titled: 7"
Think mod with vocals that don’t fit, which doesn’t mean I like one and not the other. I hate them both equally. –Megan Pants (Exit Stencil)


TEEN IDOLS/SQUIRTGUN:
The Dysfunctional Shadowman: Split CDEP
Okay, you caught me. I like pop. I’m iffy when it comes to the Teen Idols. They have the potential to be a pretty great pop punk band. What holds them back is that there’s nothing extraordinary in there, nothing to just grab you and make you want to dance. You get little tastes here and there, but there is a simple solution: let Heather sing more. Listen to any song she’s got vocals on, and it’s apparent. She has a great voice that adds another dimension to the whole thing and just gives it something different, something that works. The two tracks on this have a little bit of Heather on backing vocals, so you can pretty much guess how I feel about it. There’s also the super-annoying first band, second band, first band, second band track order. Oh yeah, Squirtgun’s the other band. They blow. –Megan Pants (Asian Man)


PARTY OF HELICOPTERS, THE:
Please Believe It: CD
This very well may be the worst band ever. It’s like Elliot Smith singing Prince out of key on top of some generic “rockin’ 2000” riffs. Ick. –Megan Pants (Velocette)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Fueled By Ramen: No Food. No Sleep. Just Records.: CD
This entire album makes me want to go get something pierced, get a tribal tattoo, and a “Punk Princess” shirt. With the exception of Slowreader, who I just felt bad for. They’re the new Wham!, just not as tough. My advice to the label: get a burger, take a nap, and think about what you’ve done. –Megan Pants (Fueled by Ramen)


THUNDERCRACK:
The Crack: CD
Two reasons I picked this one up: 1) with a name that bad, the band’s gotta be good, right? 2) one of the guys looks like The Rock, but way skinnier. So with these high expectations, how did they fare? Actually, they’re pretty good. They’ve got that spooky voodoo-esque feel to them and distorted vocals to make them sound a step closer to Howlin’ Wolf. To be honest, if I want to listen to something in this vein, I’ll throw on the Starvations, who I think just do it better, but this has definite potential to grow on me. –Megan Pants (Estrus)


HELLBOUND HAYRIDE:
Who Shot the Hole in My Sombrero? Live: CD
This is rockabilly with a surf guitar, but not quite surfabilly. And there’s a whole lot of sleaze, but it’s not sleazabilly. Damn, now I’m confused. Pretty much they’ve got the pretty standard badom bom bom bom sound with some sleazy/gravely vocals. Repeat for each song. They don’t mix it up. There isn’t the sweetness in the vocals to make it all balance out. It just doesn’t work for me. I guess this girl just needs some honey to go with her gravel. –Megan Pants (Split Seven)


HARKONEN:
Shake Harder Boy: CD
This is so fucking epic. I think it wants to be death metal, but it doesn’t get further than splinter rock. –Megan Pants (Hydrahead)


NOW, THE:
Self-titled: CDEP
I was caught off guard by this one. It looks like an emo album by the cover art, but no sir! You got yourself some pretty kickin’ hahdcore here. It can get a little arty at times (especially on the third track), but only if you call doing something a little more complex and inventive than a chunk of what’s out there arty. I also learned how many porn sites come up when you search for “the now hardcore” online while looking for more info on them. I didn’t find any, but I wouldn’t say it was wasted time… –Megan Pants (Robotic Empire)


MODERN MACHINES/FRAGMENTS:
Split: CD
Last time around, Razorcake gave this a bad review, so I hadta come forward and put in my two cents! First of all, I confess to being close friends with both bands (the photo on the back of the CD was taken in my bedroom), so keep your grains o’ salt handy! The Modern Machines play completely amazing poppy Husker Du/early Lemonheads-sounding/touch of Devil Dogs punk. (Yes, that does make sense, I promise!) Although a lot of my favorite Modern Machines’ songs aren’t on here, you still need to hear it. And get their demo tapes if you really wanna experience sonic glory! (Zines from MRR to Now Wave have been goin’ ga-ga over their demos!) The Fragments play super catchy pop punk. And, puh-lease, do not think that I mean they sound like the Queers! Some of these tunes rank among the best pop punk songs I’ve heard in the last five years. And I give you a no-lame-lyrics guarantee! And great harmonies, too! The song “Burn This Place Down” (about the demise of the legendary Concert Café in Green Bay, WI) alone is worth ten bucks! (An important guarantee for pop punk these days!) If this split CD were a cereal, it’d be French Toast Crunch — an often-overlooked, but great cereal! One of the best CDs I’ve heard in a long time. –Maddy (New Disorder)


TEEN SENSATION, THE:
Glasses: CD
I really, really, wish that I wouldn’t have to keep repeating myself. Writing songs about being in love with cheerleaders is lame. And I say this as someone who still loves pop punk. But sometimes you just need to sit back and ask the question, “WWNRD?” (What would Naked Raygun do?) Answer: Not write lines like “She’s a cheerleader at my school/And if you don’t already know, cheerleaders rule.” Or how about “Erin, Erin’s on crack and heroin/I used to date her, but I don’t date her anymore/She used to be a virgin, now she’s a dirty little whore.” What? Musically, this band attempts to rip off (badly) everyone from the old, garagey Donnas (who I love!) to any of the many Mutant Pop bands. If this were a cereal… wait… this is so bad, it’s not even a cereal! –Maddy (Whoa Oh)


ANGEL CITY OUTCASTS:
2,000 Pints and Going Strong!: CDEP
Like with all catchy oi, you’ve gotta check the lyrics, lest you realize halfway through singing along that you’re singing “God bless America the Great! Boot to the black man’s face!” So I went on their website, and I discovered the lyrics to a song called “Popeye in Afghanistan.” This song isn’t on the CDEP, but the lyrics give you a good reason why you’d probably not like this band. The song is about a US soldier in the Middle East. Here we go. “Then he came upon a caravan/Trying to get across to Pakistan/When the evil one had showed his face/Our hero put him in his place/Let that be a lesson now/To all our enemies on the prowl/When you mess with the best the great US/You’ll end up in a world of stress.” First of all, that last rhyme has to be one of the lamest I’ve read in a long time. (A “world of stress”? Come on!) And second…well, do I even need to say it? If this were a cereal, it’d be United We Stand-Ohs. –Maddy (Self-released)


…OF DEATH:
Generation of Vipers: CDEP
The promo sheet sez, “the band combines unique high pitched vocals and blast beat rhythms.” Note: Ms. Tight Pants is a big dork. She’s not into all the cool new music. She likes rock and roll, power pop, and old folk and country music. She does not like whatever this might be. Maybe it’s grindcore? If this were a cereal, it’d be Oh’s. Not my thing. –Maddy (Protoculture Audio)


ANTISCHISM:
Self-titled: CD
This is a compilation of lots of Antischism seven-inches, split LPs, demos, and outtakes. I had never listened to Antischism before, and I really liked this CD! But, since I don’t usually listen to music that sounds like this, I could not come up with the necessary comparisons to obscure bands and cereals! So, what do I do when I get a political crusty punk CD for review? Why, call noted crust punk expert, HJ Marcus, of course! So, here’s what my friend HJ says: “Antischism rule! That song 'Greedy Bastards,' is that on there? That song is seriously one of the best songs ever! Hey, if you don’t want that CD, could you give it to me?” –Maddy (Prank)


AUTOMATIC 7:
Gowns by Edith Head: CD
Decent enough instrumental rockabilly/surf here. There’s enough diversity to keep things interesting and they’re dang good at what they do.
–Jimmy Alvarado (Mint)


ASS-END OFFEND:
Becoming Our Destruction: 7"
Four hardcore rompers by the first band from Kalispell, Montana I do believe I’ve ever heard. Overall not much to crow about, but the couple occasions when they crank up the thrash validate repeated listens, and a screen printed cover always kicks my esteem up a notch. Bam.
–Cuss Baxter (Ass-End Offend)


AS I...:
Rise & Scream: CD
It's a mixture of the So Cal sound and AFI to this man’s ear. Not half bad except the vocals and production sound flat to me. It just doesn’t have the umph to capture me. I’m sure they have a following since this was produced and released. Would like to see how they progress in the future.
–Donofthedead (Geykido Comet)


ARTIMUS PYLE:
Self-titled: 7"
I've been listening to more Black Sabbath lately, and for the first time in my life, I think it's finally seeping in. I skip the trippy songs. That makes the listening easier for me. While they aren't the fastest band in the world, Sabbath can sure make songs heavy. Artimus Pyle – although by way of crusty punk instead of acid rock – have developed a similar sensibility. When they slow down, they don't screech to a halt, they just dig in deeper and let the sickness settle. They have the uncanny ability to be both atmospheric and then thrust a knife to the listener's throat. I've also read a lot about World War I and there's something very trench warfare, mustard gas, bayonet, gangrene about how Artimus Pyle sound. It's dirty business. There's a lot of hand-to-hand combat. The songs are creepy and dark without being formulaic or cheesy. Very listenable, much how Tragedy is.
–Todd Taylor (Prank)


ANTISEEN:
Honour Among Thieves: CD
This is a reissue of an album so badass that originally it couldn’t be contained by just one label. Co-released by Bonafide and Chopper in ’88, it was recorded between ’84 and ’86. This reissue has three bonus tracks that are right on par with the rest of the album. You get what you will with any Confederacy of Scum band: it’s dirty, it’s raw, and there’s nothing pretty about it. No apologies and none needed.
–Megan Pants (TKO)


ANTISEEN:
Drastic/E.P. Royalty: CD
This is a reissue of two old EPs of theirs. Both EPs, each over fifteen years old, contain some of the better songs I've heard from them. Actually, this is the best stuff I've heard from Antiseen. It's got a raw rough sound to it. It can't compliment their brand of music any better. Badass southern style rock'n'roll with a low-fi sound that really brings out the punk in them.
–Toby Tober (TKO)


ANCHORSET:
Self-titled: CD
This gives me the perfect opportunity to talk about something that’s been getting to me with a lot of albums lately – and it’s not exactly a negative review. You take a band that sounds pretty ripping and put them in a studio. Maybe they’re blown away at how good they sound once the levels are tweaked a bit. Maybe they think the producer/mixer/master guy knows more about what they’re doing. When it makes its way to me, I end up hearing something with promise at best, at worst jut some generic shit that I won’t give more than a quick listen. Anchorset falls into the first group for me. I can tell that there’s something there. I’m pretty sure they’d have me floored if I saw them live, but in the recording there’s something missing, or maybe added. It just seems a bit too glossy. I’ve listened to it a bunch of times now and I like it. I like it a lot. I’m not saying that everything needs to be gritty and raw, or that the only way to record a band is live. Some studios just know how to capture that energy better than others. I just get bummed when I hear something that I could really like sounding more like the Offspring. The album is definitely growing quickly on me. And if they can hold the stage with the Marvels (one of Boston’s best, if not fattest bands) they’re more than okay by me. If you’re in the Boston area, I highly suggest checking these guys out.
–Megan Pants (Nice Guy)


ALTAIRA:
Self-titled: Demo
It’s the little things that keep me so stoked about all this underground music we cover in Razorcake. Little things like getting an envelope from a stranger who saw the Super Chinchilla Rescue Mission show that Razorcake threw a couple of months ago and had a great time there. By way of thanks (and probably to get a review), he added his band's eight-song demo, and the demo was one of the best things I’ve come across in a couple of months. In a lot of ways, Altaira reminds me of Tiltwheel: gruff vocals, tight melodies but enough tempo changes to keep you on your toes, a healthy nod to Leatherface without becoming a knockoff band, and the music’s strange ability to creep around your eardrums and get under your skin. This isn’t to say that Altaira is just a Tiltwheel wannabe. They’re not. But they’re learning lessons from a great band. I could easily see this band picked up by a label like Attention Deficit Disorder (they have a lot in common also with ADD bands like The Timversion and Super Chinchilla Rescue Mission), and catapulted from there straight into obscurity.
–Sean Carswell (Altaira, altaira2002@hotmail.com)


ALL SYSTEMS GO!:
Mon Chi Chi: CD
One of my favorite bands to emerge in the last five years is back with a new disc to tickle even your mom’s pubic region in the most delightfully rockin’ fashion. ASG’s Mon Chi Chi features all-fingers/no wank guitarist Mark Arnold (ex-Big Drill Car) and singer-in-chief, John Kastner (ex-Doughboys). This time around, there are also two new members in tow – drummer Dean Bentley and bassist/singer Tom D’Arcy, who took Frank Daly’s (also ex-Big Drill Car) spot after Frank gave the final middle finger to touring. I’d like to give credit to you, Tom – those are some pretty fuckin’ big shoes to fill, and this record shows you’re down for the cause. Gold cuts here are “Running Blind," “Fascination Unknown," “Sweet Revenge," “Record of Hate," and “Taking Up Space." I have to admit that this CD has grown on me more and more as I’ve been spinning it lately, and I’m fully backing Mon Chi Chi, but I’m giving the absolute you-buy-this-fucking-CD-or-I’m-kicking-your-stupid-ass endorsement to their self-titled full-length debut. This one’s strongly recommended, but that first release is essential ASG bliss. Bands like the Ramones, Motorhead, ‘Mats, or Dramarama remind me a lot of ASG. Not so much the music, but how ASG is so “right under your fucking nose, dummy” good.
–Designated Dale (www.asgcentral.com)


ALL OR NOTHING HC:
Search for the Strength: CD
Even if I didn’t know this was Renae Bryant’s band, I would’ve recognized her vocals instantly. Renae is an MRR columnist and she also used to be the singer in an little-known band called He’s Dead Jim. As far as I know, He’s Dead Jim only put out one seven-inch and had a few songs on a few obscure comps, but they were a really cool band, snotty and dripping with attitude and funny (though sometimes funny despite themselves). A friend of mine taped the seven inch for me, but I lost the cassette a long time ago. I miss that cassette. I was excited to see that she’s fronting a this new band. All or Nothing HC is definitely a departure for Renae musically. Her vocals are still dripping with attitude, but the snottiness has been replaced by a new toughness, and the band behind her traded in their melodies for a faster, meaner sound. This sounds more like a female-fronted Sick of it All. The songs are tight and the musicianship is solid. I think Renae’s become a better singer over the years, too. I’m kinda torn about this album. Part of me misses the old He’s Dead Jim sound; part of me is just happy to have this new album to listen to.
–Sean Carswell (On the Rag)


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