Jul 26, 2013

You know, I’m really amazed that in 2013 we still have to put up with people spouting the whole “punk ended in ‘79” or “hardcore was dead by ‘84” shit. Equally, these people seem utterly stunned that there are amazing bands cranking out killer punk rock today. If I am ever asked for an example of this, I almost always tell them to check out Neighborhood Brats. If there is any hope for these bitter, cranky old fucks to get a clue, this band is it. I became a fan from the very moment I heard their debut (courtesy of the review material of this very zine) and by now, I could be considered a zealot. Yes, they are that good. After the debut came a couple of great 7”s (We Own the Night and Ocean Beach Party) and now I’m happy to report that streak continues with this new one. Spastic and relentless are a couple of adjectives that come to mind. The music is tightly wound and Jenny is like a fusion reactor. She is pumping out massive amounts of energy but you just know she is on the verge of an explosion that is going to take most of the coastline out. Listening to this makes my blood tingle and the hair on my arms stand up. Three new NB songs and a Youth Of Today cover to complete the package. I like to imagine those jaded bastards hearing Neighborhood Brats for the first time and realizing that there is a band out there right now putting a lot of their old heroes to shame. Wake up and get with the Brats!

 –ty (Deranged)