The Black Rebels: Hello, power duo Vom. Blunt. Traumatic. Simple. Funny. Desperate. Songs about AIDS, being frustrated, and leaving a baby at Goodwill, trading it in for some socks. Johnny Black then went on the Triggers. The Newlydeads: No, not the goth-rock Hollywood whathaveyou featuring Taime Downe, but the damaged, angry guitar/drums, male/female duo that sounds like if John Brannon (more Laughing Hyenas than Negative Approach) fronted a dirt rock, shit-outta-luck band. Loud, grating, and okay, but not outstanding. I’m going with the Black Rebels on this one.
–todd (Johny Cat)