DEECRACKS: Beyond Medication: LP/CD

May 21, 2014

This Austrian trio offers up a pretty solid homage to the legacy left by the Ramones on this, the band’s second album. Saying that though, DeeCRACKS kicks off with an incongruous surf instrumental that provides a strong opening salvo before a more expected path takes over. There are a number of things that Beyond Medication has going for it, including loud guitars, rough vocals, and a production which, thankfully, lacks any hint of slickness that could push this into the saccharine-tainted area of the furthest reaches of the pop punk genre. The songs, and most notably the choruses, are damn catchy and that is the icing (sugar free, of course!) on the cake for me. 

 –Rich Cocksedge (Monster Zero, [email protected],