NO FRIENDS: self-titled: CD

Supergroups rarely seem to live up to expectations, and this one’s no exception. No Friends is made up of the bulk of guys from the now-defunct New Mexican Disaster Squad and fronted by the yowler for Municipal Waste. For a lot of people it probably sounds like a dream, like some kind of thrash/punk bestial coupling of a lion and a unicorn. Unfortunately, it’s also one of those records that reads a lot better on paper than it actually sounds. Fully grounded in a rehashed ‘80s hardcore template with a dash of melody thrown in—think early Paint It Black and Death Is Not Glamorous languorously bathing in a bacteria-laden hot tub with the Descendents—it comes across as more formulaic than anything else. If this band was coming out of some podunk town in the middle of nowhere, I don’t think people would be so quick to jump on the bandwagon. But since it’s these guys… Probably a fun project for those involved, but be wary of the hype, you know?

 –keith (No Idea)