FACTORY MINDS: America’s Not at War: CD

Debut release from this Bay Area four-piece. They list The Clash and The Buzzcocks as influences, along with some ska acts. There wasn’t too much ska baloney to make me pull my hair out, but there is a definite Joe Strummer floating around. That’s not a problem as long as it doesn’t go from homage to imitation. “California Sun” and “Waiting in the Cold” were repeat players for me on this one. It’s not all Clash type songs. “Rhythm to My Blues” throws a blues feel into the mix and “Nothing to Give” is a nice acoustic ditty. This band is solid and I’m sure their next record will transcend some of their influences on the next go round. However, I do have one bone to pick with Factory Minds. The insert says “All songs by Factory Minds.” Does that include the end of the last song, too, boys? ‘Cause Paul Simonon and the rest of Havana 3AM may have a few words for you.

 –koepenick (Arrest)