ANTI YOU: Two Bit Schemes and Cold War Dreams: LP

Mar 01, 2011

Straight-up hardcore punk attack in sixteen movements. There’s a definite late ‘70s/early ‘80s SoCal punk influence. The choruses are direct and memorable, the vocals are more talked than yelled, and the guitar is more jangly than buzzing and distorted. The songs on the first side are more straightforward, whereas the songs on the second side have a little more going on. “Cop-Out” has a cool introduction that reminds me of the Adolescents with the lone guitar creating the mood of despair, then there’s songs like “Dead End World” and “Operation SS” that switch back and forth (“Operation SS” stays mostly mid tempo and is a definite stand out on here). At times, they sound like a rawer Smogtown “Fuhrers of the New Wave.” “No One Like Me” is definitely the best song on here, and kind of brings all the elements they mess with together in one great song. It’s catchy, it’s fast, and it captures the mood of the lyrics perfectly.

 –M.Avrg (Six Weeks, sixweeksrecords.com)

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