CITIZEN USELESS: The Presidents of the United Mistakes: CD

Just days after I reviewed the debut album of Jakarta’s Citizen Useless in 2011, the news broke globally of the struggle of Indonesian punks abused and harassed by authorities. I understand that Citizen Useless hail from a more tolerant part of Indonesia, but it’s still challenging to separate those horrifying news stories from this great CD. Harder and less melodic (although no less catchy) than their debut full length, this is a very, very strong follow up. These guys are pissed and rail against the same things punks always have, but with an uncommonly solemn edge. Just try to shave these kids’ heads, pigs! That’s not happening.

 –Art Ettinger (P.I.G., myspace.com/portnowintertainmentgroup)