RIBZY: 81-85 Recordings: CD

Nov 28, 2006

Ribzy was one of those bands in the ‘80s that everyone knew about but never really had much of anything by them—or at least that was the case with everyone I knew. I think with the exception of a tune on some faceless homemade comp culled from tracks lifted from some long-ago punk radio show and their sole track on MRR’s legendary Not So Quiet on the Western Front compilation I hadn’t heard another note from them until putting this puppy on the player. In short, this was a treat. Starting off as a sloppy, scrappy hardcore band with oodles of charm, they apparently progressed over the course of their career (and this disc) into a fine hardcore band more prone to mid-tempo ranting than balls-to-the-wall thrashing, although they were more than capable of that when the need arose, before calling it quits in 1985. The recordings here are all studio takes, and there’s even a track recorded by a lineup in 2004. Pick of the litter? An almost surreal interpretation of the Archies’ “Sugar Sugar.” Good to see these kids get their due.

 –jimmy (Vinehell)