May 13, 2011

Been a spell since I’ve heard anything by these guys, but from the sound of this, they’re still mining the better parts of modern ska and punk. Also no surprise, considering their connections to the U.K. band Subhumans, is that Dick’s lyrics remain rooted in the anarcho-punk mold, keeping things topical and insightful just as much as he ever did with that much ballyhooed punk band of yore. There’s a bit more straightforward punk in the songwriting than I remember them having very early on in their career, and though the post-Op Ivy ska-punk scourge long ago soured me on nearly all but the most traditional ska sounds, the mix of styles here and the intelligence of the lyrics keep me coming plopping it back into the player for another run-through.

 –jimmy (Alternative Tentacles)