FRONT, THE: Snake Oil Salesman: CD

This punk‘n’roll five piece out of Wyoming took AP’s vote in ‘03 to tag along on the Vans Warped Tour. Since then, they’ve been honing their craft and touring. Their song structures and guitar riffs recall ‘80s punk the likes of TSOL and Agent Orange. Helmed by a female vocalist, Lauren sounds more like Courtney Love than Poly Styrene or Kathleen Hannah with gravel-throated screams. This is probably the most impressive female vocalist I’ve heard in a long time. Check out “Corner Walker” and a cover of “I Hate Everything” for good examples. Recommended.

 –Kristen K (Self-released, myspace.com/thefront)