The bulk of this—not the old L.A. punk band but a super-group of sorts, featuring De De Troit (UXA), Cheetah Chrome (Rocket from the Tombs, Dead Boys), Rick Wilder (Mau-Maus), Paul “Ena” Kostabi (Youth Gone Mad) and couple others—falls squarely in the junkie-punk niche, with languid beats ’n’ tempos and a smattering of Thundersesque leads laid over the bare chords. Unlike so many other bands treading the same water, these guys are blessed with some decent tunes (and I imagine the fact that a good chunk of those present helped invent the fuckin’ genre doesn’t hurt), especially “Youth Gone Mad,” that rings with the same anthemic qualities of the collective back catalogues that made people like Cheetah household names. Could this have benefited from a little more zip in its step? Sure, but I’ve definitely heard much, much worse.
–jimmy (False Alarm, no address)