EPIC PROBLEM: Self-titled: 7”

Epic Problem is a very interesting new project from Mackie of the early U.K. oi band Blitz. As influenced by later bands like Jawbreaker and Leatherface as they are by early oi, Epic Problem wonderfully mixes the old and the new on this engaging three-song 7”. I’m not sure I’ve heard anything like it before, as it mixes two styles that don’t normally coexist in regimented punk-ville. Odder still is that the combination works and that it works well. The legendary Mackie brings immediate integrity to any band, but this is a truly outstanding record regardless of its members’ history. Plus there’s a song on it called “(Not So) Smart Bombs,” which is awesome on so, so many levels.

 –Art Ettinger (Longshot)