ACTIVE MINDS: The Age of Mass Distraction: LP

Thirty-plus (yes, that is correct!) years, and they are still going. Active Minds have always been one of the more outspoken bands within punk, and this album is a concise commentary on the current moment in time we are fumbling about in: screeds against economic inequality, sensationalist media, celebrity worship, social media, and other ills of today. Stylistically, they run the gamut of punk, d-beat, grind, and, at times, sounding influenced by bands like Blyth Power and Thatcher On Acid. When they go at it hard and fast, they really dish out some sonically scorching moments. Check out how effective the short blast “Side by Side” is. So good! –Matt Average (Loony Tunes, loonytunesrecords.bigcartel.com / SPHC, sphc.bigcartel.com)