BROKEN BOTTLES: Not Pretty: CDEP

There are two kinds of punk rockers: those who like Broken Bottles, and those who have descended from a feral species of goat-people who live an underwater grotto off San Clemente and subsist on a diet of radioactive cheese. Seriously, I know there are people out there who don’t like the Bottles, and I don’t get it. The songs are fast, catchy, layered with tension and have epic hooks. For those of you who have only seen them live and haven’t listened to their recorded output: you’re missing out. It’s sharp, sonic, super-clean. The title track, “Not Pretty,” is an inverted love song stripped of all sentimentality and “Orange County” is the best kind of anthem: short, savage and emblematic of awful honesty that doesn’t need to be articulated to be true. My only complaint is that it only lasts sixteen minutes. This EP gives every indication that the Bottles first full-length on TKO will be the most anticipated release of the year.

 –jim (Finger)