EARACHES, THE: Fist Fights, Hot Love: CD

Step aside nay-sayers! The Earaches (formerly the Reckless Bastards) are one of the many fucking amazing bands out now. They have that perfect balance of garage punk in the vein of the Mummies (no organ, just the energy). The songs are power-driven without ever getting too fast that they lose form. “Used to Be a Loser” gets all reverby, which doesn’t always work, but it does here. The song pulls off such a sleazy feel. The whole album is raw and just plain good. The only thing it leaves me wishing for is a tour.

 –megan (Steel Cage)