In 1984, Orwell rightly predicted a condition of continual global conflict, result of the classic definition of fascism: collusion between big government and big corporations. Dissention’s topically on the button with these two oil-based songs: the proxy war currently raging in Syria and peak oil, the fact that the world’s oil consumption is past its tipping point and hard times are ahead for the planet if true alternatives aren’t discovered and implemented on a wide scale. Musically, they have the trappings of multi-generational OC punk: Discontent in the gnarly/sing-a-long heft, Smogtown in the buzz, China White in the rotted pier, beach bummer, tattoo-wipeout department. Smart, mean, and heavy songs. Good return-to-form stuff from a band that first made their mark in the mid- to late-‘80s.
–todd (Bad Idea, badideamusic.com)