MELTDOWNS, THE: No Authority, Direction, or Control: CD

Though they really don’t sound much like them, these guys remind me a lot of the sorely missed Minutemen—it’s obvious from the first couple of notes that they love their jazz and their funk. Their rhythm section is taut and tense, and they ain’t apprehensive in the least to use their lyrics to convey something a bit more substantive than, “Babe, I’m gonna leave you….” It’s also obvious that they know how to pen a catchy tune, even if they sometimes go on a wee bit too long for my hardcore-bludgeoned senses to wrap my mind around. On the whole, this is thinkin’ man’s rock, and since lord knows there ain’t enough of that around these days to fill a bell jar, it’s most welcome. 

 –jimmy (www.themeltdowns.com)