DANGER’S CLOSE / DESTRUCTORS 666: Split: CD

The early U.K. band The Destructors keep releasing new material as Destructors 666 and all of their output is well worth checking out. The distinct, heavily accented, growly vocals are impossible to replicate without stuffing potatoes in your mouth. I tried and couldn’t do it sans potato. The newer female-fronted Danger’s Close, also from the U.K., plays slow to mid-tempo 1980s punk ala A.P.P.L.E. and is an amusing retro treat. Both bands have a mid-to-late ‘80s crossover vibe brewing under the surface, but with lessons learned from that putrid, dark era.

 –Art Ettinger (Rowdy Farrago, destructors666.com)