When bands have line-up changes, they have a harder time proving their worth to longtime fans. Well, Fab-D lost singer Laura Litter and bassist Mr. Nancy. I’m not sure if the new bassist/lead vocalist Lynda Mess is in fact old guitarist Lynda Mandolyn. The only remaining member from the Fat Wreck/Pink & Black period is Sally Gess on drums who now goes by the title of Sally Disaster. Cinder Block from Tilt fame was supposed to be the new singer but they parted ways prior to this recording. So in this new incarnation, they seem, to me, to have taken a few steps back in their song writing. They play a more remedial punk styling than what was originally released on their last two full lengths. The song “Dead End” has parts that reminded me of Elastica. The cover of Joe Jackson’s “Got the Time” was pretty good but I still like Anthrax’s cover better. I think the band has a lot to recover from because they set the bar high when they wrote “Red Blister” off the Put Out or Get Out CD. That is still one of my all-time favorite songs.
–don (Rodent Popsicle)