NO USE FOR A NAME: Live in a Dive: CD

I’m not ashamed to admit that I like No Use For A Name. I always have (well, ever since I first heard their song, “Death Doesn’t Care,” on a local college-radio station sometime in the early ‘90s when I lived in Shitport, Louisiana). I fervently feel that NUFAN musically combine some of the better audial elements of Bad Religion, Green Day, NOFX, and Pennywise while molding it all into precise, well-polished pop-punk sculptures of sound. On this loud’n’live release, they energetically immerse the ears in a free-flowing flurry of melodious magnificence. Twenty spectacular tracks of prime frenetic tuneage, including a killer-cool cover of The Misfits’ “Martian” and a raucously stellar rendition of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.” And, hell yeh, the CD-insert booklet contains an amusing and graphically striking comic about the band’s fictional (mis)adventures on the road! As usual, NUFAN have created a topnotch package of structurally perfect ditties that cause the ol’ baby-blues to well-up and mist with joy.

 –guest (Fat Wreck Chords)