CRUSTIES, THE: Rat’s Revenge: CD

I gotta tell you, with a name like The Crusties, I was expecting a bunch of guys with lots of spikes on leathers and Conflict patches. Not even close. The Crusties here sound more like a straight up punk band circa the mid ‘80s. That is, until the horns kick in. Speaking of the horns, they’re not ska horns, or Rocket From The Crypt-sounding horns… I really don’t know what the deal is with the horns, but I do know that they just don’t work for me. They really take away from what could be interesting music. The music is punk, but the vocalist sounds almost like some bastard combination of some rockabilly singer and the guys in the Nobodys. The usual song topics are here: fashion punks, small towns, rednecks, and G.W. Bush. Not terrible, but, at the same time, it’s just not doing anything for me.

 –ty (Beer City)