DAUNTLESS ELITE: Graft: CD

Is it a totally lame and stereotypical idea to have your boyfriend help you review records? Perhaps! However, I assure you that I make up my own mind, you know, being influenced by Gloria Steinem and all, but, in this case, it pays to have the assistance of someone who listens to the Dropkick Murphys and can say, “This sounds like the Dropkick Murphys!” Here’s what I’ll say (although keep in mind that the following comments are tainted by double X chromosomes!): This is really good melodic punk rock, kinda like Gunmoll or maybe even a little bit of early, non-acoustic Against Me!  And they’re from Leeds! Geographical note: that’s in England! Plus, it’s on Plan-It-X, a record label that has pleased me greatly by going back to releasing more straight up punk albums, in addition to the usual folk punk stuff! (Note: The U.K. release is on Bombed Out Records.) Buy this! It’s only five bucks! You’d spend that on coffee and a donut or two, so, come on! If this were a cereal, it’d be Raisin Bran! Solid base, not too sugary, just, you know, straightforwardly awesome!

 –maddy (Plan-It X / Bombed Out)