PUSHER: Our Beloved City of the Dead: CD

This is a pop punk album with a lot of late era, Clash-like futzing around peppered in. There are breaks with jumpy riffs, samples, and vague political sentiments. It is sort of brave the way they try to step out of bounds once in a while, but the more interesting interludes sound way too close to riffs taken directly from London Calling and Combat Rock. The title has the words “City of the Dead” in it. I hate to be such a dick about it, but “do not sound too much like The Clash” is on the first page of the punk rulebook next to “it is okay to sound like The Ramones.” It must be that way.

 –Billups Allen (Knot/[email protected])