Thirty years later and F.O.D. can still crank out the jams. It may not be as manic as it was when they were teenagers, and they may be playing about half as many chords as they did on their seminal albums, but, if anything, that’s just a testament to how goddamn gnarly those LPs are. These new tracks are perfect for old fans, or anyone new to the band. Snotty, fast punk done right. Ex Friends play a safer brand of punk-inspired rock. Equipped with female backing vocals, key changes, and lyrics that focus a lot on eyes and “looking at one another,” it’s definitely for the slower-paced set. Not bad by any means, just starkly different compared to the forever-young exuberance of our hallowed F! O! D!
–Daryl Gussin (SRA, srarecords.com, [email protected])