BRASSKNUCKLE BOYS: Appalachian Bastard: CD

This CD is a rerelease of the first two Brassknuckle Boys albums, American Bastard and Appalachian Industry, along with two hot previously unreleased tracks. They’re probably the greatest band from Kentucky since the Connie Dungs and have been playing straightforward street punk since the late 1990s. I’d prefer fancy new vinyl reissues of these albums, but this CD is very well put together. As was the case with Patriot, Brassknuckle Boys’ lyrics are way more positive than you’d expect. They are super good at delivering the goods when it comes to accessible, catchy punk. Color me immature, but I’ll take this over contemporary, multi-layered bands any day.

 –Art Ettinger (Fighting Poor, brassknuckleboys.org)