First up on this split release is five songs of angry, middle of the road, group chant-a-long street punk from the Rehab Rats. This might be your cup of tea if you like mohawks, 40 oz’ers, and butt flaps. On the other hand, the five songs which follow by the Dead Pawns were much more up my alley with simple, bashed-out, mid-tempo punk tunes which sometimes sound strangely similar to the old FL band Gay Cowboys In Bondage and other early ‘80s moody, noise punk. Of the two bands, the Dead Pawns showed more promise but need to more clearly define the direction of their sound.
–Mark Twistworthy (8^ Punk, myspace.com/8records)