KIRKZ, THE: AgroCulture: CD

A twelve-song album by a British four piece punk rock band. Very ‘90s-sounding Epitaph/Fat hardcore punk sound with obvious influences of NOFX, Pennywise, Rancid, etc. Some of the songs deviate from that formula, like “Get Lucky,” which alludes to reggae and rockabilly within one song. Something about the recording makes the drums sound really flat and everything unnaturally compressed, which does not help matters. While I couldn’t find anything of obvious musical annoyance to report, the songs left me cold with an impression of mediocrity. Meh.

 –Jake Shut (TNS, tnsrecords.co.uk)