ASTRONAUTS / DESTRUCTORS, THE: One Wave/Schwerpunkt: Split: CD

Both of these English bands seem like they have been around forever. To anyone familiar with both bands, the pairing on the split might seem an odd choice but, actually, it works out quite nicely. The Astronauts seem to be doing more of the melodic mid-tempo stuff with varied instrumentation while The Destructors keep it straight up more in the classic English punk vein. Subject matter is probably what you would expect: war, death, politics, and the dire state of the world economy. Although pretty gloomy, considering, there is a lot to like here. It is also good to see both bands still cranking material out this far into their careers.

 –Garrett Barnwell (Rowdy Farrago)