CONCRETE GODS, THE: Welcome to the Empire Club: CD

The past is a double-edged sword. Some seek refuge in it, creating something that, at times, is wonderful in its reuse of old tropes that have gone the way of the dodo. The flipside consists of creations that use out-of-date material as their foundation for what they hope is new. Concrete Gods are some sort of amalgamation of the Clash, Sham 69, and the Jam, but unless you really wish to have the lost demo tapes of all three bands, give this record a pass.

 –Bryan Static (Underground London)