ROUGH KIDS: The State I’m In: 12”

Riffs, rebellion, and Rough Kids. The songs and sound here are as sharp as Don Draper in Madmen and faster than his hands chasing the new coffee girl. I love this album because it sounds like something brand new and yet totally reminds me of some of my favorite ghosts of punk rock past. The Adicts and the Buzzcocks are the first to come to mind. I missed their recent L.A. show with Neighborhood Brats. I will not miss the next one.

 –John Mule (Sorry State, [email protected], sorrystaterecords.com)