GENTLEMEN OF HORROR: Live in Kelowna!: EP

Obscure Canadian punk from the early 1980s. From the information on the inside sleeve, they were a short-lived band, released one EP in their time, played some shows, pissed off the locals, and then disappeared. This record is two live recordings from 1981 and 1982. The quality is raw and unpolished, but it definitely captures the spirit of the time. Between songs, you can hear the audience yelling at the band, as well a the vocalist berating the city they live in and religion, as they tear into one song after the other before eventually being shut down. The songs are pretty good blasts of hardcore punk, and there’s definitely the spirit needed to make it work. The 1982 recording, “Crime Watch / Block Parents” has a much rawer sound, almost like Disorder. Pretty damn good! How about reissuing the first EP?

 –M.Avrg (Punk, punkrecords.com)