GENTLEMEN PREFER BLOOD: Used Books and Guns: LP/CD

If I had any kind of religious bone in my body, on first hearing this record I would have thrown myself to the ground, clasped my hands together, and given thanks to whichever deity presided over my chosen faith. Simply put, this brings together all the required elements that I look for in melodic punk rock and doesn’t falter from start to finish. The guitar crunches and punches away, the rhythm section is as solid as a rock, and while the lead vocal is distinctive in its own right, at times it reminds me of Trevor Keith and Ben Weasel. As an added bonus there are some sweet harmonies that have a Green Day 39/Smooth quality to them. These songs are so well-written that even after a single play they’re repeating in my head with ease. Sheer genius. 

 –Rich Cocksedge (It’s Alive, [email protected], itsaliverecords.com / La Escalera, [email protected], laescalerarecords.com)