DEADBEATS: Kill the Hippies: 10” EP

The Deadbeats were, and are, one of those bands that gloriously shatter all the prevailing rules that insist all old punk bands sounded like the Ramones, the New York Dolls, or some combination of the two. Even within the creative chaos that was Los Angeles’ first wave, they were working a side of the road few others dared travel, and their sound—an anarchic amalgamation of punk slash, mutato bop, and just plain oddness served up with a heaping of humor and an aggressive attack that hints at the hardcore wave that crested a few scant months later. In addition to upgrading the band’s original Dangerous Records EP from its original seven-inch format to snazzy ten-inch format, Artifix has seen fit to also include along with the original four tracks the song “Let’s Shoot Maria,” which so far as I can recall, was previously only available on the first of Frontier Records’ Dangerhouse retrospective compilations. As with damned near anything related to Dangerhouse, this is beyond mandatory. The band has also been quite active on L.A.’s live circuit lately as well, and I highly recommend that those given the opportunity to take in one of their shows should do so, ‘cause they remain one of L.A punk’s best and weirdest groups.

 –jimmy (Artifix)