RIKK AGNEW BAND / SYMBOL SIX: Split & Stitched: 7”

Nov 02, 2015

There’s nothing about Rikk Agnew that hasn’t already been said—or more likely screamed by my fifteen-year-old self while driving around with my friends and listening to the Adolescents. On his first record in ten years—and first record period with the Rikk Agnew Band—the legendary guitarist and the rest of the “Larry Flynt High School Marching Band” throw down two tracks that are so exuberantly aggressive they make me want to risk breaking a hip just to get back into a pit and throw some elbows. The rallying cries of “We insist on having fun” on “Screaming Fist” are, indeed, a hell of a lot of fun, and the menacing bass line leading into “Cosmetic Plague” feels like coming home. Residing on side B are two live tracks from rock’n’roll old timers Symbol Six. “Faith Machine” swings a bit, but “Viva” drives it the fuck home with some serious business shredding and an undeniable bat-out-of-hell momentum, and vocalist Eric Leach howls “Los Angeles” in a way that makes me nostalgic for all the cocaine I never did. 

 –Kelley O’Death (Jailhouse, [email protected], jailhouserecords.com)

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