CHEIFS, THE: Holly-West Crisis: LP

I have to come clean and admit that the Cheifs are one of those bands whose name I have seen for years and years but have somehow managed to foolishly ignore until recently (see: the Middle Class, the Brat, the Bags). This is a rather excellent retrospective collection of songs from their only proper 7” release, some compilation tracks, and some previously unreleased recordings. I’d have to call shenanigans on the Zero Boys and Reagan Youth if they were to say that they were not in any way influenced by these cats. Big ups to Doctor Strange for making these songs once again readily available for more punks to discover and enjoy the way I have.

 –Juan Espinosa (Dr. Strange)