The pedigree’s legit. L.A. band that started in 1980. Songs recorded in 1982. Took thirty years to release. It’s a family affair. Defenders’ vocalist Paul Maurer is Justin Maurer’s (Clorox Girls, LA Drugz) father. I don’t want to sound like a jerk, but it sounds like a band that really loves the Doors and Hendrix, but realized that punk was really happening. (Shit, The Alley Cats were that way—great musicians who were on the hard rock/punk rock fence and “Nothing Means Nothing Anymore” smokes.) Although I appreciate this 7” for what it is—archival, nice fidelity—there are a couple of things that are preventing me from going bananas. The music’s a hair too slow. It’s a hair too “actor”y and “musician”y. Again, I’m fine with theatrics (see TSOL, Dead Kennedys), but with all these elements in play, it’s a definitely a cool artifact (nobody likes to be forgotten), but nothing like stumbling upon something truly startling that rarely gets mention, like the Cheifs’ Holly-West Crisis.
–todd (17 Television)