RHINO BUCKET: And Then It Got Ugly: CD

Okay let’s take a look at this. We’ve got a band name in stenciled letters? Check. Distressed yellow/orange picture of police beating on someone? Check. My official “book by the cover” call on this would be a SoCal angsty punk outfit with delusions of being the next Adolescents or Social Distortion. Let’s take a listen. “Wha..?” I didn’t see AC/DC coming, that’s for damn sure. I’m not talking about “rock’n’roll, so it reminds me of AC/DC.” I’m saying it sounds EXACTLY like fuckin’ AC/DC! The first time I listened to this was in the stereo at work. My ex-rocker manager comes out of the darkroom and demands to know what AC/DC record this is because he doesn’t recognize it. It’s that exact! It may be a compliment to those guys, but it ain’t working for me. I can appreciate the original Aussie powerhouse, but somewhere in the back of my mind I still say, “This is the music of the bastards that beat the shit outta me when I was a kid.” Even more so for these rip off artists.

 –ty (Acetate)