RATCHETS, THE: “Hoist a New Flag” b/w “The Way Things Are”: 7”

May 30, 2014

Ratchets fans are still waiting for a true comeback, but until then, this surprising 7” of two unreleased songs recorded seven years ago is a big time treat. Reminiscent of Reducers SF, this band gained quick notoriety with their unmistakable, extremely catchy middle tempo streetpunk. I’m not sure why it took so long for these instantly lovable tunes to get released, but kudos to Pirates Press for putting them out. As is always the case with the label, the record looks amazing, too, pressed on beautiful marbled vinyl. The Ratchets really need to return with a new album. It’s time for a ratcheting up for the Ratchets! 

 –Art Ettinger (Pirates Press)

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