CIRIL: self-titled: CD

Feb 18, 2009

What we have here is a pissed-off band that at first reminds me of what I loved about traditional LA punk. I definitely hear some early Black Flag and D.I. influence. Then I got to the third song, which is more loosely structured and really creepy, while still being really aggressive and engaging. It reminds me of some of the more art-oriented bands featured in the Decline of Western Civilization. The remainder of the album vacillates between these two styles. I definitely get a nostalgic feel from this record. Even the production gives me this vibe, especially in current times, when every record I hear sounds like it was recorded at the same studio. The layout and artwork look like these guys just don’t give a fuck, but I mean this in a good way, as in “we don’t give a fuck what you think!” The song lyrics are scrawled in between really odd and sometimes scary drawings of anguish, death, despair, and alienation in various forms. This is good… -Yemin

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