PENETRATION: Moving Targets: CD

Having previously only heard their punk anthem “Don’t Dictate,” this album was a bit of a shock. Although contemporaries of the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and all the other heroes of the first wave of U.K. punk, most of the songs here are markedly mature and sophisticated in comparison to many of their peers, with interesting rhythms and arrangements married to well-written lyrics. While it shouldn’t scare off those who like their punk a little smarter than THUD-THUD-THUD-THUD (and yes, I have more than a passing affinity for that brand of punk as well, so stuff your whining missives excoriating my supposed dismissal of punk’s more primitive purveyors a second ago and direct your ire instead at our dickheaded President and criminal cohorts, you gobbing monkeys), those who need their noise to fit snugly into the accepted punk pigeonhole will be pleased as punch by the inclusion of the aforementioned “Don’t Dictate” and “Firing Squad” singles, both of which make a nice soundtrack to mad, mindless pogoin’.

 –jimmy (Captain Oi)