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CHECKERS, THE:
Make a Move: CD
I’m very skeptical of new wave’s current revival in punk rock, because I wasn’t that fond of new wave in the first place. Devo was cool if you didn’t try to listen to a whole album, and there were a lot of good new wave songs, but they were few and far between. I’ve been enjoying a lot of the new new wave, though, and the basic difference is that the newer bands remember to bring in the rock. The Checkers are a good example of this. The vocals are quirky and the music is jerky, but it’s faster and more rockin’ than any new wave from the first round. They show their influences in their covers, ripping through cool adaptations of “Observer” and “The Fanatic.” Really, though, it’s the originals that carry this album through. Songs like “Seeing Spots” and “Is He In?” really burrow into my brain and stick with me long after the album has ended and I’ve moved on in my day. Basically, The Checkers are exactly what the Waitresses should’ve been, and Make a Move is a solid album from beginning to end. –Sean Carswell (Make a Move)


CHEAP SEX:
Launch off to War: CD
Parrot punk (nice colorful dye jobs, kiddies) with all the expected trimmings that’s destined to serve as great background music as their adoring fashion-punk fans scream “fuck the system” while scarfing down a Big Mac. Jeez, considering the sheer number of bands that look and sound exactly like this these days, it must be mucho profitable affecting the pose and being a walking, talking stereotype. –Jimmy Alvarado (Punk Core)


CATCH 22:
Awaken: CD
Thirteen tracks of killer early ‘80s metal. I’m not talking thrash metal, but mid-paced metal. Full-on bang-your-head metal: Ozzy, Dio, Twisted Sister. There is a little Metallica influence in there, but minus all the whacked-out clothes and makeup. You get it all. Killer solos, great song titles (“Blood on the Bricks” is one of the many), high-pitched drawn-out notes! YEEEEAAAAAAAA! For what it is, this CD is killer, and if you yearn for the early ‘80s, grab your jean vest, get this CD, and bang your head! –Mike Beer –Guest Contributor (Molten Metal)


CARRIE NATIONS/ THIS BIKE IS A PIPE BOMB:
split: 7"
I was super excited to see this one come out. Two great bands, each with two tracks only available on this 7”. Both bands have a folk-inspired feel to them and deal with some serious issues, but never lose a dance-y pace. My favorite track is TBIAPB’s “Better off Dead,” which has the overlapping male and female vocals that they have pretty much perfected. Highly recommended. –Megan Pants (Plan-It-X)


CAPITAL SCUM:
Freak Show: 7” EP
New tracks from an ‘80s hardcore band. The tunes are reminiscent of both Discharge and Battalion of Saints, meaning they are pretty solid doses of thud punk with gruff vocals and just a hint of metal thrown in the mix. Not too shabby. –Jimmy Alvarado (Rocknroll Radio)


CADAVERS, THE:
Self-titled: 7” EP
Three tracks from a demo recorded by the band that became the Bodies. The music is essentially in the same vein as the Bodies, meaning that it’s tight, up-tempo and top-notch. The sound quality is a bit muffled, but the songs are strong enough to shine through. Good stuff. –Jimmy Alvarado (Radio)


BUZZARD, EL:
Self-titled: CD
Noise rock from the AmRep school of thud-punk. Some righteous shit here, if that sound is your bag. –Jimmy Alvarado (www.el-buzzard.com)


BUTTLESS CHAPS:
Love This Time: CD
College synth-rock is better than Nyquil when you need a good night’s sleep. –Jimmy Alvarado (Mint)


BUSINESS LADY:
B Lady: CD
Shit, I’m gonna have a hard time with this one. These youngsters have made a pretty big impression on me lately, and as sometimes happens with bands that really hit me in the face, I’m having a hard time coming up with pigeonholes and reference points. Musically, they remind me a lot of Chicken Scratch, whose 1990 Important People Lose Their Pants has high status with me, but I haven’t talked to anyone who knows who Chicken Scratch was in ten years, so that probably won’t help you. There is (in this Locustian town) a certain post-Locust aspect to it with the keyboards and whatnot, but without all the spasticism or theatre. There’s dissonance, so you might could call it no wave, or experimental at least. There’s boys and a girl taking turns with the singing and screaming (probably all join in for the two minutes of weeping – so, okay, so there’s some theatre); I was trying to think of who the lady singing reminded me of and Wanda said it’s Kim Gordon. Her voice, when it shows up, exudes a kind of passive authority without really commanding anything. The boys scream and yell more, but that’s boys anyway. Musically, restrained noise and creepy beauty undulate together and are reflected in lines like “tears and teeth” and “cause the cuts just a hair bigger.” Overall, from the musical presentation to the lyrics to the visual layout, they seem like smart people who don’t give a fuck what everyone else is doing and maybe these days that’s all it takes to make me happy. Must be; it’s working. –Cuss Baxter (Business Lady)


BUMP-N-UGLIES:
All-American 4-Pack: 7” EP
NOTE: All my 7” reviews were done with the lights out this issue. WHAT I THOUGHT IN THE DARK: Holy shit, this sounds just like that Bump-N-Uglies 7-inch i reviewed in issue #14, and Toby reviewed in issue #15. WHAT I THOUGHT WHEN THE LIGHTS CAME ON: D’oh!!! BEST SONG, BEST SONG TITLE, ET AL: op. cit. –Rev. Norb (Low Down)


BROKEN BOTTLES:
Not Pretty: CDEP
There are two kinds of punk rockers: those who like Broken Bottles, and those who have descended from a feral species of goat-people who live an underwater grotto off San Clemente and subsist on a diet of radioactive cheese. Seriously, I know there are people out there who don’t like the Bottles, and I don’t get it. The songs are fast, catchy, layered with tension and have epic hooks. For those of you who have only seen them live and haven’t listened to their recorded output: you’re missing out. It’s sharp, sonic, super-clean. The title track, “Not Pretty,” is an inverted love song stripped of all sentimentality and “Orange County” is the best kind of anthem: short, savage and emblematic of awful honesty that doesn’t need to be articulated to be true. My only complaint is that it only lasts sixteen minutes. This EP gives every indication that the Bottles first full-length on TKO will be the most anticipated release of the year. –jim (Finger)


BOUNCING SOULS, THE:
Anchors Aweigh: CD
These guys are back once again with a brand new full length. If you’re a fan of The Bouncing Souls, you will be delighted. Sixteen songs of what you have come to love from these guys. Melody, soul, and a tuneful experience. To top it off, some personal lyrics, as well. Pop punk at its finest. So if you’re a fan, pick this up. It even comes with some bonus CDR footage! –Mike Beer –Guest Contributor (Epitaph)


BORN DEAD ICONS:
Unlearn: 7"
If I say the Motorhead of hardcore, it doesn’t do this band justice, but that’s exactly what it sounds like, minus the solos and trimming the song length while still setting a definite tone and not shying away from slower, heavy breakdowns. It’s awesome (in the original sense, not the dude/brah sense) and amazingly cinematic. It’s almost impossible not to have something play and worm around in your head when the record spins. I picture bombed out cathedrals, but that’s just me. I’ve always wondered what Lemmy and Co. would have sounded like if they were sliced in half, length-ways, and sewn onto the sliced-in-half bodies of Negative Approach. I no longer have to. Rumor is, they’ve done all Turbonegro sets and called themselves Turbohooker, so they’ve got to have a sense of humor, too. –Todd Taylor (Heart First)


BREAK, THE/LET IT BURN:
Split: CD
The Break: Decent enough poppy punk rock, although the emo flourishes of the second track made my flesh crawl. Let It Burn: I really liked the music here, rife with just the right balance of pop hooks and hardcore attack, but that slight whine in the singer’s voice and his monotone delivery just grated like nails on a blackboard. A little more vocal melodicism and I would’ve been all over myself praising these muthafuckas. –Jimmy Alvarado (Doghouse)


BLISTERHEAD:
Punk Royale: CD
One word: RANCID. These guys are very influenced by Rancid. They live in Sweden and I’m sure Rancid is their favorite band. For what this band does, they do it well. The lyrics are good, the music is good and its very singalong-y like Rancid, although I must say these guys do have early rock’n’roll thing in their sound too, which makes it interesting. So if you like Rancid or the style they play, you will love this CD. –Mike Beer –Guest Contributor (KOB and Mad Butcher)


BLACKS, THE:
Self-titled: 7” EP
NOTE: All my 7” reviews were done with the lights out this issue. WHAT I THOUGHT IN THE DARK: Song #1: This is the worst Bo Diddley i’ve ever heard in my life. If i ever emit a Bo Diddley this bad, shoot me. Actually, even if i’m merely WATCHING a band emitting a Bo Diddley this bad, and i don’t kill THEM, kill ME, for being a passive enabler. Song #2: Sounds like the second song on an old one-sided Rip Off Records 45. Not bad. Song #3: Hmm, i’m not sure if i can count this as a Bo Diddley or not, but if i could, the first one wouldn’t really be all that bad. Song #4: Pretty common “He’s Waiting” type chords, drummer occasionally does a neat little Mitch Mitchell kinda thing. Eh. WHAT I THOUGHT WHEN THE LIGHTS CAME ON: Hey! Martin Savage! From the Locomotions and the Tokyo Knives! Geez, don’t quit your day job, dude (said day job, i assume, being to play “Sigma Attack” non-stop for six or seven hours at a time to small groups of invalids and shut-ins)! BEST SONG: “You Don’t Love Me” BEST SONG TITLE: “Mojo Bean” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: I have number 66 of 500, and the only professional athlete in any sport i can think of who wore #66 was Ray Nitschke of the Green Bay Packers. –Rev. Norb (Zaxxon Virile Action)


BLACKS, THE/ CIVIC MINDED 5:
split: 7”
The Civic Minded 5 rules. They’re kinda like a cross between Black Flag (the guitar tone and the intensity of the music) and FYP (the spazzed out good times and the we-don’t-give-a-fuck attitude). They epitomize everything I like about punk rock, and these two songs are their best yet. And the Blacks…jeez. I’ve heard a lot of bands, and the Blacks don’t really sound like any of ‘em, definitely a compliment in this case. It’s loud, fast, and noisy, and I like it a lot, especially the drumming, which is unbelievable. Great split. –Not Josh –Guest Contributor (Recess/ Chemical Valley)


BLACK JETS, THE:
3-songs: CDEP
Can you be any hipper? I bet at least one band member has bought leather pants since they started the band. My guess would be that it’s whoever is playing that groooovy tambourine. Plus, it’s on that “vinyl CD” which I just don’t get at all. It sure as hell doesn’t fit on my spindle. –Megan Pants (www.theblackjetts.com)


BETWEEN THE LINES:
Wake Up Call: LP
Yeah, this is the stuff. Twelve tracks of fast, angry Belgian hardcore punk. The singer screams instead of grunting, the band is tight, and the music kicks pretty hard. It’s also slightly melodic and would fit in well with Kill Your Idols, the Get Up and Go’ers, and Paint It Black. Check ‘em out. –Not Josh –Guest Contributor (Rock n Roll Radio)


BENEATH THE ASHES:
Nailed to Your Ruins: CD
A personal wet dream of mine would be to one day watch all the whimpering emo bands and all the “AAAUUURRRGH!” metal bands (such as this one) take a flying fuck hand-in-hand off the nearest cliff. Well, there’s that one and the other in which John Wayne Gacy is free and attracted to boys in horn-rimmed glasses, Beneath the Ashes t-shirts, and sporting the latest in backpack fashion. –Jimmy Alvarado (State of Grace, address thoroughly illegible)


ATMOSPHERE:
Seven’s Travels: CD
I’m no authority on hip hop. The depth of my knowledge goes little deeper than Public Enemy to the Wu-Tang. I ultimately got turned off by the talk about bitches and gats and bling bling and whathaveyou. A couple years back, I got turned onto Atmosphere by their fellow Minnesotans, Dillinger Four and Dan Monick (who takes pictures for this magazine). It’s addictive stuff. The rhymes are organic, flow effortlessly, are made by humans I can relate to in more than one way (they name drop Lifter Puller and sing about drinking Jim Beam, among other things), and it keeps my head bobbing. Also, since I know a little bit about the band, they were seriously courted by the majors but decided – partially because they’re a diehard part of the underground community and partially because they’re not suckers – to pass on the easier sellout route and were able to make the exact album they wanted to. If you want a complete change of taste, or hang out with a bunch of people who loath punk, this may be your bridge. –Todd Taylor (Epitaph/ Rhymesayers)


ASSCHAPEL:
Fire and Destruction: CD
Twelve tunes of blazing hardcore/thrash that is on the borderline of metal at times. All the songs have titles like “Unholy Destruction,” “The Sledgehammer Assault,” and so on. You get the idea. These guys don’t disappoint. This is one kick ass CD. It even comes with a thick booklet too. These guys are scheduled to tour Europe soon. If you don’t live in Europe I’m sure you can catch them in their hometown of Nashville, TN! Either way, see them if the opportunity arises. Now go buy this CD. –Mike Beer –Guest Contributor (Crimes Against Humanity)


ARTLESS:
Plugged: CD
Assuming that most Razorcake readers are familiar with MRR scribe and perennial fly-in-the-ointment Mykel Board, this is the collected recordings of his punk band, Artless, who were active in the ‘80s. Collected here are tracks culled from the band’s three LPs, and a single or two, plus a few unreleased tracks. As expected considering the source, the lyrics are faux-reactionary in tone to piss off all the lefty sensibilities that permeated the scene back then, with titles like “When You’re My Age You’ll Be Selling Insurance,” “Vegetable Rights,” and “We Want Nuclear War.” The accompanying music is sloppy, mid-tempo for the most part and just as obnoxious as the lyrics. In short, this is the perfect holiday gift for your most cherished Crasshole buddy on whom the humor will be completely lost. –Jimmy Alvarado (The Only Label in the World)


ARGONAUT:
Shoot the Moon: CD
Sludgy stoner rock about as exciting as the last Soundgarden LP. Pass the bong, I think I’m Ozzy. –Jimmy Alvarado (Infect)


ARGIES:
Himnos de Combate: CD
A collection of singles tracks released domestically to support this long-running Argentine band’s upcoming US tour. Musically, this leans toward the Clash side of the punk equation, right down to the fascination with reggae, yet they manage to retain enough individuality to keep from ending up in the dung heap of bands ripping off days past (cough…Rancid…cough). A damn fine collection and proof that the United States and England aren’t the only hotbeds of punk rock greats. –Jimmy Alvarado (Cochebomba)


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