ALI BARBARE AND THE GRINDS: Scann: LP

For the sheer audacity of sounding like a mix of The Reds’ scrappy melodic drive, 30 Foot Fall’s pop punk sensibilities, and Minor Threat’s iconic intros, Ali Barbare And The Grinds should be lauded as visionaries—or madmen. I doubt if it was the clear intention of the band to come across in that way but the results of its labors are highly effective. The fourteen tracks hurtle along, hitting all of those references points on many occasions, and, to top it off, the vocals add a wonderful touch of deranged to proceedings. This record is outstanding. 

 –Rich Cocksedge (Crapoulet, [email protected], crapoulet.fr)