DEFIANCE OF AUTHORITY: Born in Sin, Come On In: CD

This one surprised me; from the tattoo-flashesque album art, I was planning on hearing some sub-par Devil Dogs/Humpers stuff here, but instead Defiance Of Authority manages to occasionally and nearly brilliantly stumble into the same oeuvre as the Descendents. Not always, but at least half the songs here have that same tuneful, tough-but-decipherable, “rocks in a bag of velvet hitting you in the nether-region” kind of quality. There’s something inherently modern at work here—they’re right on the cusp of that radio-friendly punk sound, taking pointers from plenty of bands on the Fat roster, but there’s just a slight tinge of venom that makes the whole thing palatable. Six studio songs and five demo tracks. Cracks me up that two of their songs are titled “Fuck It, Let’s Roll” and “Fuck It, It’s On.” As a whole, they strike me as a band right on the cusp of nailing down their sound totally and completely, and when they do they’re going to be a band we’d all better watch out for.

 –keith (www.defianceofauthorityrocks.com)