PUBBLICO OLTRAGGIO / MESS MESS MESS: Split: CD

Two Italian bands punk bands here. Pubblico Oltraggio: Fairly by-the-book, polka-beat punk stuff with the occasional nod towards reggae thrown in to break up the monotony. Their lyrics are a little more substantive than their American parrot punk contemporaries, but, on the whole, they don’t leave too lasting an impression. Mess Mess Mess: They work along the same lines as their discmates here, but somehow manage to come up with songs that are a wee bit catchier. In all, neither band sucks, per se, ’cause, truth be told, they’re not bad at what they do, but if you’re looking for something wholly original or unique, yer gonna be hard pressed to find it here.

 –jimmy (No Flags, no address)