CROWD, THE: Punk Off: CD

You may already know the Crowd from the fucking genius Beach Blvd comp from way back when in 1979, (by the way, that comp might just be the best comp of all time!). Total southern California beach punks, straight from Huntington Beach! Catchy early eighties poppy punk with just the perfect tiny mix of early eighties hardcore. So, I know what you’re thinking, “Sounds great, Maddy, but I’m SURE they totally stink NOW! What are they, dude, like eighty years old?” For the record, I firmly believe that the Sex Pistols reunion sucked. The Buzzcocks new LPs suck. If the Clash ever reunited, that would probably suck, too. But this, this is so damn good! This album doesn’t sound at all like an old band trying to milk what they were doin’ years ago! This sounds new! Great! Exciting! Full of energy, harmonies, punk rock, and a manic whirl of great surf-punk! The perfect album for a summer full of fun! If this were a cereal, it’d be Honey Nut Cheerios – it’s been around for about the same amount of time as the Crowd, and it’s still as good as ever – seriously!

 –maddy (Unity Squad)