FIRST OFFENSE: The Faith to Stand Your Ground: CD

Straightforward oi/street punk from Akron. Nothing flashy, nothing unexpected, and nothing that disappoints. At some points First Offense sound a bit formulaic with their give-’em-the-boot kind of tuneage, but they’ve got the formula down very well so that didn’t bother me in the least. This is a very solid record, not earth-shattering, but I’m glad to have heard it.

 –Eric Carlson (Step Up!, www.stepupoi.com)