MISSING MONUMENTS: Self-titled: CD

Where to begin with King Louie and the MissingMonuments? Firstly, the CD version of their self-titled album is essentially a complete discography of sorts, minus the first 7” on Douchemaster and the single on Slovenly. You get the new record, along with their first LP Painted White, plus their EP on Hozac. And, I have to say, I thought that the Hozac record was one of the best short-players I heard last year. “Another Girl”—which is also on the new LP—and “Love You Back to Life” are pure hits. I think I added over a thousand views to that YouTube video for “Another Girl.” (Go watch it. It rips.) To say King Louie’s paid his dues is an understatement, to say the least. From Kajun SS to Exploding Hearts, he trail blazed through over ten years of American punk rock. With that in mind, you can’t ignore the rock’n’roll swagger in his songwriting. While a lot of people don’t know who the Devil Dogs are, the rest of us never forget. The new batch of songs is exactly what you’d expect, and I mean that in the best possible way. Don’t change. 

 –Steve Adamyk (Dirtnap)