Frontwoman Chris Crash sounds exactly like the singer of the New York Rel-X, but when ten minutes of internet searching did not yield confirmation, I left it at that. Regardless, Blest Mess play, by their own description, old school punk and hardcore, and they’ve got the chops for it. This is a really solid record, and the sound reminds me of the snotty sensibility of Blanks 77 intertwined with the searing fury of the Distillers. Lyrically, the content relies on traditional punk rock themes of scorn, derision, and alienation, and I’m not sad about that. Good record.
–Eric Carlson (Street Urchin)