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REAGAN SS:
Bon Apetit!: 7”EP
When Daryl comes over twice a week to Razorcake, we’ve come to some mutual conclusions about hardcore and thrash, and it’s become a “what side of the fence you on?” distinction. Both he and I think that the Government Warning’s No Moderation 12” kicks some serious ass. Speed is one thing. Powerviolence pushed it so fast that it seemed that the music was standing still, like spinning wheels before the traction. But speed only covers so much. Shit, almost-blind grandparents can drive a car in a straight line as fast as possible. The trick that sticks, for Daryl and me, is to somehow hide a sheet of melody under a song that’s barreling along at 120 MPH, while—to the outside world—it may sound like a wall of noise. Reagan SS: Man, these dudes have it dialed. The music sounds mean and nasty, can peg the tachometer, but where it’s the most interesting is how they use top speed as a dynamic that makes this 7”—to tuned ears—seem like the band’s playing on the top of a car (maybe like Teen Wolf) while in the middle of a race. That’s another trick entire. –Todd Taylor (Rabid Dog)


RAY GRADYS, THE:
Die Mindless Fools: CDEP
Pretty standard metallic, melodic hardcore punk, with standard lyrics about hating the rich, the police, and yourself. Covers of the A-Team theme, “Tomorrow,” and “Chinese Rocks.” Are they trying to cross over to the Me First and the Gimme Gimmes’ audience with all the covers? In any case, it’s not enough to save this from being mediocre. –Jason Donnerparty (Grady Core)


RAUNCH HANDS, THE:
Bigg Topp: CD
Kind of Humpers/ Lazy Cowgirls in a greasy, swaggering way. Based in roots and early rock, this album is a plain good ol’ time with a moonshine bottle and sleazy chicks who like to party after hours. –Jessica Thiringer (Licorice Tree)


QUEERS, THE:
Munki Brain: CD
Wow. This really kind of stinks. And I say that as someone who will defend the Queers to my dying days, primarily because the idea of getting into a fight with my roommate in a nursing home about the Queers vs. Neurosis makes me almost okay with the prospect of shitting my pants. There’s still a ton of Beach Boys-esque harmonies, plus two songs co-written by Ben Weasel (including the amazing “Tangerine,” the best song on the album), three songs co-written by Lisa Marr, and a song about Brian Wilson. There’s also a definite Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds influence. How does this formula not create success? I could blame the song “Monkey in a Suit,” a political song comparing Bush to Hitler. (Note: The Queers should stick to writing about girls.) But if every song on this album was as good as “Tangerine,” this would be so cool. Alas, if this were a cereal, it’d be Cap ‘n Crunch. I can’t explain why I don’t like it, other than the fact that it once scraped my mouth and I started to bleed. –Maddy (Asian Man)


PTERADON:
Demo: CD-R
Okay, where to go with this one? How about: I’m pretty sure this is the best demo I’ve ever received from Razorcake. Or: this spray painted, skips-like-fuck CD-R that plays on my stereo about half the time will most likely make my “Top Ten of 2007” list at the end of the year. Maybe this one’ll work: in only six songs, Pteradon manages to combine elements of post-punk, jazz, rock’n’roll, and mean-as-nails punk rock into three-minute crystalline bursts, distill it and serve it right back to you in a way that sounds entirely new. It’s riddled with hope, it’s melancholy as shit, and it’s all around just rad. They name-drop Black Flag, The Clash, and the Filth/Blatz Shit Split in their songs but sound nothing like any of those bands. At times the guitars meander and weave amongst each other (such as on “Iron Lung”) in a way that’d make Tonie Joy weep with, uh, joy, while in others (like the fuckin’ jaw-dropping opener, “Broadway”) they blaze and soar like lightning cracking the sky or some shit. How’s that for some crappy, ill-fitting imagery? This is the curse of the record reviewer: how easy it is to launch a salvo on a record you dislike, and how hard it is to explain it when you come across songs that sound unlike anything you’ve heard before but still send electricity up and down your spine the first and fiftieth time you hear them. For me, and for whatever reason, Pteradon is writing those songs right now. All six of ‘em are all over the map and yet perfectly gelled all at once: they manage to put five or six parts into a song that still forms into something seamless, coherent and, again, awesome. They’ve apparently signed to Asian Man, and nine times out of ten I’d say you should just wait until their official full-length comes out. This is apparently that tenth time, because with this band, I’d say fire ‘em off a nice letter and request the demo. It’s indescribable; I can’t tell you exactly what it is that they’re doing right, but the demo, man, it’s that good. –Keith Rosson (Pteradon)


PREVAIL WITHIN/SMARTBOMB:
Split: 7”
Prevail Within: The leading hardcore political punk force out of San Antonio, TX. I will admit that I’m biased in their favor due to the fact that they helped my first band start out. These songs answer the questions that their full length presented. Mainly, can these guys play a song in less than four minutes? Yes they can, and it’s awesome. Smartbomb: Features members of No Trigger and Shock Nagasaki. They’re also politically charged, but more skate punk than hardcore. Musically, they remind me a little of Satanic Surfers with lyrics that don’t seem to have any sort of beat or measure. Recommended for the thirteen-year-old skater who thinks The Casualties have good political lyrics. All copies on clear vinyl with puke colored splatter. – –Guest Contributor (Mightier Than Sword)


PREVAIL WITHIN / SMARTBOMB:
Split: 7”
Yummy-looking blue/green/yellow splattered clear vinyl holds fast, scream-the-lyrics-with-your-arm-around-your-buddy punk. The earnest unity of our scene lives on here, unmarred by scenester cynicism. –Susan Chung (Mightier Than Sword)


PRETTY BOY THORSON & THE FALLING ANGELS:
Ain’t It Funny: CD
Don’t let the upbeat, jangley, and lovesick-adolescent-boy tone fool you—this sloppy-drunk punk is chock-full of forethought and honest, lighthearted lyrics about heartbreak, self-hate, and drinking to forget. Self-aware suburban punks who don’t take themselves too seriously maintain a sense of humor on ten tracks with titles like “I Know I Said I Love You but I Guess I Don’t,” “If the Drinking Don’t Kill Me Then I’ll Think of Something Else,” and “Things I Should Have Told You before.” Keywords: Crimpshrine, East Bay, Sweet Baby, Lookout!, Gilman Street. –Jessica Thiringer (Redemption Value)


POISON ARROWS, THE:
Straight into the Drift: CDEP
This features an ex-member of Don Caballero, but that does little to save this one: devoid of any type of excitement whatsoever, and meandering to the point of oblivion. Oh shit, guess my indie card will be revoked post haste. –Sean Koepenick (File 13)


PLAN B PURSUIT:
And All I Got Was This Lousy…: CD
This band hails from the incredibly small town of Boerne, TX. This album does not do their musicianship justice. I saw them live before I bought this and they were much better than this album makes them seem. The music on this disc is pop punk in the vein of mid ‘90s NOFX mixed with some Green Day and it’s pretty tight. The problem, however, is the vocals, which seem to have been recorded when one of the singers was very, very sick, drunk, or busy singing on karaoke night. Oh, and by the way guys, you totally could have gone without the “Fucked without a Kiss” song. –Bryan Static –Guest Contributor (Eunuch)


PEABODYS, THE:
Awkward Age: 7” EP
It’s like Mutant Pop never died in the minds of these Queers-ish, Rivethead-ish boys! They even have a song about lame emo fuckers. “Even nights you walk the train tracks/ Odd, read Kerouac on desolate rooftops/ We got it, got it all/ Are you through?” I just wish the songs were faster, because I could then compare this to a great punk rock cereal. As is, it would be Kix. Yes, there’s sugar in it, but please! More sugar! More, um, speed? I am an idiot. –Maddy (Infringement/ Incessant Drip)


PAPER DRAGONS:
Demo: CD-R
This is a three song, five minute and fifteen second CD demo from this Baltimore band. While the band says this is mid-tempo and melodic, I would suggest that in comparison with most of the stuff Razorcake reviews that might be true, but it definitely still has a strong, punk rock feel. With roughly sung vocals, the songs here sound good and demonstrate some promise. On the other hand, while I can’t remember who Paper Dragons reminds me of, they give off the air of about a hundred different opening bands I had to sit through to watch the band I really wanted to see. In the end, it’s just three songs so who the hell knows where this is going? –Kurt Morris (paperxdragons@gmail.com)


OUT WITH A BANG:
I’m Against It EP: 7”
Stupid, snotty, thrash punk. And by describing it as “stupid,” I’m not trying to be insulting. I’m pretty sure that both Out With A Bang and their fans would agree that not only is this stupid, but it’s intentionally trying to be stupid. And past all the poorly drawn artwork, self-deprecation, and abrasive lyrics, there are in fact actual emotions and opinions being displayed on this record. Fuck, I think this is good but I’m probably too dumb to understand the societal commentary this band is trying to make. This is the reissue of the one-sided 12” Italian release. So it is possible to get stupider than this, but it’s gonna cost you in shipping (unless you live in Italy). –Daryl Gussin (Fashionable Idiots)


ON THE MIGHT OF PRINCES:
Where You Are and Where You Want to Be: CD
This is indie-post-hardcore stuff that leans towards emo without becoming completely whiney. I like some of the transitions but think At The Drive In still rules ‘em. These four Long Island screamers play heavy stuff but still retain a melody. I personally like the quiet interludes but think the screamed vocals are a bit repetitive. There aren’t too many fast and furious tracks on here—its mostly mid tempo. I suggest this for folks who like the idea of mixing June of ’44-style spacey parts, Sunny Day Real Estate melody vocals, and a little dash of angst. –Buttertooth (RokLok)


ON THE MIGHT OF PRINCES:
The Making of a Conversation: CD
The vocals on this first recording by OTMOP are a pretty straight forward rip-off of Rising Tide-era Sunny Day Real Estate stuff. This is a decent record in mostly drop D but I don’t hear anything too original here. If you like Hum and Sunny Day Real Estate and can’t seem to get enough of bands that sound like them, you might dig this. –Buttertooth (RokLok/Eugenics)


OFF WITH THEIR HEADS / TILTWHEEL:
Split: 7”
You’d be hard pressed to pair together two bands I love more. It’s rare to find a band that’s perfect both on days when the only thing keeping me from doing myself in is lack of motivation and some of the best days ever, let alone two. OWTH: “Closed Early” is true to what I’ve come to expect from them: pained depression played upbeat that makes me want to be in a crowded living room or basement with a bunch of friends. The second song, “Aqua Panther,” totally threw me. And then I remembered Alex Ulloa had joined OWTH on this 7”, and it made sense. This could sit up there with most Panthro UK United 13 songs, but it still (after at least fifty listens) feels strange as an OWTH song. Tiltwheel: I think the only way Tiltwheel could let me down is to stop recording. This should be listened to with good friends, good times, and cheap beer. Buy this or be stupid. –Megan Pants (Fast Crowd / Small Pool)


NOTHINGTON:
Self-titled: CD
Although this description may seem a little blah, or predictable, the band’s not. Mix in the gruffness, the layers upon layers texture of Leatherface and add Against Me!s country-echoed ability to make anthems out of everyday life. Nothington’s one of those bands that didn’t strike me suddenly. It’s like how with a sweating beer bottle, you can peel the label off if you pick at it slowly, instead of trying to rip it off right at the start and not get the whole thing. Nothington’s got a little patience, a little reflection to work at a goal. As a band, I find them slowly creeping in, and since nothing’s missing musically, they set up shop, and this CDs been getting plenty of spins. The duets with Emily Whitehurst are especially good. Nice work. –Todd Taylor (BYO)


NORMAN BATES & THE SHOWERHEADS, THE:
Psycho II 1987-1996 Discography: CD
Melodic, driving, hardcore punk a la Ill Repute and D.O.A., but from NYC. Excellent example of the genre during the featured time period: well-timed, powerful, and fast with strong vocals and harmonic choruses. Includes the 1998 self-titled release, unreleased studio tracks from 1990-1996, songs from compilations, live performances on radio and at CBGB. –Jessica Thiringer (Haunted Town)


NO TRUCE:
My Life, My Struggle: CD
Mean, burly, hardcore in the vein of Blood For Blood, and various others of the same ilk, comprised of angry, shouted vocals amidst guitar feedback, and lyrical chants about being dealt a bad hand, stabbed in the back by so-called friends, and general disdain for the world. Can’t help but think I’ve heard this song (or songs—all sounds the same to me) one too many times. I imagine these dudes never really colored outside the lines in their coloring books. Every now and then, you gotta venture outside the box and add that extra panel where Charlie Brown returns with a firearm and discharges it in Lucy’s face for pulling that goddamn football away countless times. Now that’s hardcore. –Dave Disorder (High Fidelity)


MONIKERS:
Eat Your Young: CDEP
Take Jawbreaker, Crimpshrine, and really disturbing cover art, make them into ice cream, and then let that ice cream get a little runny, and then eat that ice cream, and you will have...Monikers. Gruff vocals, lyrics generally about politics and girls, and... a drawing of a mom eating her baby’s intestines on the CD cover. Seriously! These Florida-based boys probably play some amazing local basement shows. Not as powerful as Mr. Blake and Sir Cometbus, but still good! If this were a cereal, it’d be the store brand Honey Nut Cheerios I bought the other day. Not as good as the name brand, but still! –Maddy (Kiss of Death)


MODERN MACHINES, THE:
Atama Ga Onara: cassette
Oh man, I almost feel bad for reviewing this; it’s a homemade compilation of various 7”/split/comp tracks, not to mention the last songs that Hanson played on. Oh yeah, and the songs are fucking amazing. This is even still pretty cool to have, even if you already have all the other records these songs are on. –Joe Evans III (Dingus)


MERRY WIDOWS, THEE:
Revenge Served Cold: CD
An all-girl psychobilly band whose success is owed to novelty, not talent. –Jessica Thiringer (www.Merrywidowsmusic.com)


MAKEOUT MUSIC:
Get off My Soapbox: CD
This is fairly standard, fast tempo, melodic hardcore. The lyrics are kind of cliché. The fake Soviet propaganda poster cover is mighty cool though, but it’s not enough to save this six-song record from sounding like it was made by a machine. –Jason Donnerparty (Makeoutmusic)


MAG SEVEN, THE:
The Future Is Ours, If You Can Count: CD
This is an instrumental surf/punk band that, at the time of this album’s recording, had like 3/5s of Only Crime in the lineup, including Bill Stevenson on drums. I like surf music, but this doesn’t quite nail it for some reason. It’s not bad, but none of the songs have those parts which jump out from the best of surf rock, grab you by the ears, and make you think, “My god, how did any mere person ever tap into such unbridled coolness with their guitar (or in some cases drums)?” I wanted to like this more but I’ll probably still go for some Dick Dale when I want my instrumental surf fix. –Adrian (End Sounds)


LOCO GRINGOS:
Self-titled: CD
Re-issue of late ’80s/early ’90s studio and live tracks from a defunct Texas bar punk band. A cavalier punk attitude doused with elements of Tex-Mex, Latin, dark Santana-esque guitar and ballads. Pensive and devil-may-care, it’s just like Texas to give us the gem that inspired Reverend Horton Heat’s “Loco Gringos Like to Party.” RHH also covered Loco Gringos’ “Nurture My Pig.” A local (Austin?) treasure, very representative of the national punk club bar scenes of the time. –Jessica Thiringer (Saustex)


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