NIGHT BRIGADE, THE: Save My Soul: EP

Upbeat, straight-ahead punk which would’ve fit perfectly on the second Give ‘Em the Boot comp. Fourteen-year-old Rene would play this as he carefully spiked his hair and adjusted his but flap. I can’t deny the trombone on “We’ve Gone Too Far” friggin’ rules. In fact, this whole thing is pretty rad. More bands should go for the old school Rancid gruff and shave off the beards and poppiness.

 –Rene Navarro (Sexy Baby, sexybabyrecords.com, [email protected])