ASSEMBLE: Hold Your Ground: CD

Philadelphia-based Assemble really have themselves nailed when they describe themselves as a band that “plays fast, catchy, and sometimes heavy melodic punk” that is “reminiscent of a slightly earlier time” by which they mean the mid-’90s. On the second part I would disagree, only because I feel like this particular brand of somewhere-between-mid-and-fast-tempo with gang vocals and fast rolls has been a pretty central staple since then. It’s semi-posi and predictable, which I guess we all need once in a while. –Theresa W. (Residual Waste)