POISON ANTHEM / SIBANNAC: Split: CD

Poison Anthem starts this thing off with a flop. Not a fan of this kind of this Epitaph records-style punk. “Choke and Die” and “Sinking Ship” are aptly named. Perhaps too harsh? What I can say about Poison Anthem is that the vocalist has some serious range and the drawl of Chrissie Hynde. Things pick way the fuck up with Sibannac, with their “fuck pop culture” sermon and kicks into a pretty gnarly pit-worthy ska beat. It’s some serious skank that’s charming and well done. It reminds me of my confused skater punk youth. However, things take a turn for the worse, yet again, with “Decades 2 Late,” which has even grizzlier vocals and ska beat breakdowns that are 311-esque. Never a good thing. They close out with the live “Pick & Choose,” which is poorly recorded, but not terrible, and probably kind of fun to see live. 

 –Camylle Reynolds (Self-released, sibannac.bandcamp)