Milwaukee’s Bear Proof Suit would have fit in nicely on Beer City Records back in the day, not that BeerCity isn’t still alive and kicking. The point is that Bear Proof Suit plays that terrific crusty streetpunk that smelled up so many Midwestern basements in the 1990s. These twelve blistering tracks aren’t tainted by any self-important pretensions and are so straightforward that there must be a catch. The catch is that straightforward, crusty streetpunk has never been as dumb as its detractors claimed. This album is a treat for us non-snobs and comes with a neat comic book, replete with lyrics. It’d be a good community-building project to distribute copies of the comic book and discuss them at a Sunday book group.
–Art Ettinger (Repulsion)