JEWDRIVER: Hanukkah Hangover: 7” EP

I’m not going to win any friends with this, but I like Skrewdriver’s first record a fair sight more than this. (The reissue with “You’re So Dumb,” misprinted as “You’re So Dump,” is priceless.) Jewdriver’s music reminds me of second-tier, early ‘90s East Bay punk (fill in band names of your own choosing), with guitars-so-waiting-to-wank, the scuzz of the recording, the scream-shouted vocals, the songs that could end nicely two or three times before they actually do, and the ultra-obvious theme running throughout. I get the joke, but it left me tepid. Sorry. I really wanted to like this more.

 –todd (myspace.com/jewdriver)