BARNBURNER: Demo: CD-R

Pretty roughly recorded and packaged three-songer here. No geographical information’s given, but I’m thinking Midwestern corn-and-potatoes punk. I swear I’ve heard the singer’s voice before, but that could either be because I think he sounds like the dude from Foxhole or something, or it’s just one of those things where I feel like I’ve heard this demo before, even if I haven’t. It’s really basic uptempo punk with gruff vocals and short little guitar forays into Greg Ginn-land every once in a while. Best song’s gotta be the last one, “Ivory Towers,” with its damped guitars and background yells. There’s a minute or so on that song where they passably sound like drunk punks covering Angelic Upstarts in a VFW hall, and I’d be hard pressed to say that could ever be a bad thing. However, in another song they also belt out the line, “You’ve hit the big time, I’m still a corn dog.” So now I’m at a loss. At this point, I could take it or leave it. If I’ve got any advice for Barnburner (and I’m sure they’re all just waiting with baited breath for that) I’d say brush up on some dynamics and interplay before you put out that triple-gatefold ten inch, guys. -Keith Rosso

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