CONTROL: Punk Rock Ruined My Life: CD

Sep 23, 2011

Reviewing discs like this are a bit problematic. On the one hand, it’s a decent bit of “street punk” fare, with catchy songs about punk rock, those who’ve been around punk for a good while and are still here slugging it out, getting shit for being a skinhead, and having “rebellion in my blood,” as well as others with more substantive, pointed, and topical subject matter about the state of the U.K. government, dickhead politicians, street violence, and putting a hurtin’ on convicted child murderer Ian Huntley. On the other hand, the music is so conventional, rote, safe, and devoid of any challenge to the status quo of its own pigeonhole that it ends up faceless with precious little to set it apart from the literally hundreds of other bands swimming in the same small pool. Put another way, I guess, is rebellion starts at home. I really wanna like these guys, but more importantly I wanna hear what they sound like, not what the tried and true punk template dictates they should sound like.

 –jimmy (