BROWN SUGAR: Tropical Disease: 7”

Brown Sugar have been pretty busy in the past year or so, and I was surprised to see this coming out so quickly after their LP. It’s a bit of a departure from the LP, but I actually like the differences. There’s a little more Southern California sound on these songs than on their last few records. “La La Land” sounds a lot more like Gun Club than it does Minor Threat. It works because Brown Sugar are the kind of hardcore band that can pull off a specific style that’s not their own without turning it into a kitschy novelty track. The most impressing thing about this band, that’s become apparent over the course of several records, is that while they have a good overall aesthetic, they’re less concerned with creating a “sound” or a “mood,” and just write really good songs.

 –Ian Wise (Fashionable Idiots,