ROTTEN: Punk Cult Fetish: CS

Is it “Rotten” or “Rotten (UK)”? I have no idea. Are they from the U.K. or are they from Rochester, N.Y.? I’m pretty sure the latter of each inquiry is correct, but who the fuck knows? Whatever the fuck they’re called (WFTC is the acronym/abbreviation I will be using for the duration of this review) and wherever they’re from, they are punk as fuck, and in the end, isn’t that all that really matters? WFTC kicks off this collection of singles and B sides with a cover of The Exploited’s “Sex and Violence.” The recording is pretty muddy. It makes me miss the purity of sound from the toms and bass of the original, but for a young band’s demo, I appreciate the rawness of it. The production quality stays pretty consistently poor for the next few songs, but right around the third release showcased, WFTC really starts bringing their A game. At first exposure, this really looks like a forgotten gem from the past: the cut-and-paste album art, cassette format, the sound, the rage, and the “Oi! Oi! Oi!’s.” Let WFTC take you on a journey back in time!

 –Jackie Rusted (Jelly Music Inc., jellymusicinc.bandcamp.com)