Fresh off the heels of last year’s Champions at Heart, the band returns with this innovative blast of seven songs. The influences are here, some damn good ones too. From Stiff Little Fingers to Thin Lizzy to Motörhead, it’s a hearty mix. But there are some mellow passages too. “Radio Silence” slows the tempo to great effect with some intricate acoustics. “Midnight Fighters” ratchets up the racket to bring this too short record to a close. Down By Law knows this is new age, but they are still able to keep up and fly the flag high for punk rock and the true believers. That’s admirable beyond belief these days. Join the cause!
–koepenick (Self-released, downbylaw.com)