RAT CITY RUCKUS: Mustard Shot: CD

May 20, 2010

I’m getting tired of bands naming themselves via the formula “X City Y.” Normally, you know exactly what you’ll get, both musically and lyrically, and while such tunes and lyrics are often welcome in my universe, they have become somewhat predictable and overused within the X City Y formula. In some ways, this record wasn’t much different (simple, fast tunes and songs about drinking and venereal disease), but, for some reason, Rat City Ruckus’s brand of cheap, trashy rock’n’roll wasn’t all that stale. I think it’s because of the immense influence of bands like the Dayglo Abortions that I sensed lurking just beneath the surface of this record. Musically, Rat City Ruckus plays fast and loose, bordering on being a pure hardcore band. Lyrically, they focus more on drinking than the Dayglos, rather than penning numerous tunes on farting and puking. Overall: loud, fast, and obnoxious. I liked it.

 –Eric Carlson (Rockin’ Stan)

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