HIVES, THE: Veni Vidi Vicious: CD

Epitaph takes a break from cookie-cutter Bad Religion clone bands and forays into the fascinating world of lo-fi trash punk. Amazingly, the band they chose to bankroll is pretty darn good. A lot of energy and quality musicianship is squeezed tightly into relatively short, catchy songs by these five Swedes. Fuck, I’m impressed.

 –jimmy (Burning Heart/Epitaph, 2798 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026)