MYSTERY SQUAD: Strange Creatures: Cassette

A band from Saskatoon, Canada! After all these years, do you know how many bands I’ve encountered from Saskatchewan? Almost none. Even after playing there a number of times. So, let’s just say I was a little excited to see what the Prairies have given us. First off, it’s an excellent looking product. Major label quality, pro-released cassette, shrink wrap and all. Oh, and it’s a full album worth of content. All I’m saying is, if I mail-ordered a cassette and wound up with this, I’d be fairly impressed. Some humans will tell you packaging isn’t important. Well, it fucking is. I’m impressed. Oh, and there’s music on it, too. While I typically pride myself on band comparisons, I had a hard time with this release. It’s melodic hardcore, for sure. Anthem-filled, chant-along punk rock. A little tougher sounding than most of your average Epitaph bands. Off With Their Heads meets Slapshot, maybe? A part of me wants to say Pennywise or even Jughead’s Revenge, but I’m not going to go quite that far. Slick-sounding ‘90s style punk, with a 10” to be released sometime in the future. 

 –Steve Adamyk (Wasted Wax)