MEAN REDS: Self-Titled: CD

The LA Weekly referenced the Germs in their write up about these guys, so naturally my interest was piqued. While falling nowhere near that band musically (a more fitting comparison would’ve been to contemporaries the Ex Models), there is a spastic quality to their tunes that leads me to believe that their shows might get as anarchic as Darby’s long dead band once did. The Warner Bros. stamp on the outer case means they have major backing, and makes me wonder what the label was thinking when they signed these kids. Not that they are lousy, mind you, but they are an entirely different kinda cool, the kind that doesn’t get played on the radio religiously and sell millions of copies.

 –jimmy (Record Collection)