BALLOT BURNER: Forward into Extinction: 7”

Hailing from Regina, Saskatchewan, Ballot Burner is a d-beat/crust band with a populist approach. A lot of similar bands are totally inaccessible musically, but Ballot Burner is on the catchier end of the genre, reminding me of the classic 1990s group Dis Sucks. The lyrics are shrewd, the packaging is beautiful, and the recording is slick. The drumming is proficient and ambitious, the vocals are evocative, and the lyrics are political without being preachy. There’s not much more you could ask for in a crust record, so despite the title, they aren’t likely to face extinction anytime soon. 

 –Art Ettinger (Harvest King,