ROUGH KIDS: The State I’m In: LP

Mar 07, 2013

The long awaited debut full-length from L.A.’s most misunderstood punks over thirty. This is elitism at its most actualized. Stick around in punk, play enough hardcore shows, spend way too much money on records and instruments, you’ll eventually figure out that there’s a lot of bullshit out there. You can burn out and move on, or take a couple steps back and work at your own pace, work towards your own vision rather than what’s currently attracting attention. Rough Kids are just trying to be the best punk band they can be. The kind of punk that Stiff would release, or that Feral Ward would release. The kind of punk that hand-glues 500 7” covers cause you want them to look a certain way and the printers can’t do it. The kind of punk that thinks it’s weird to release an LP that’s 45 RPM. The kind of punk that may only makes sense to you, but that doesn’t mean you don’t follow through with it. Irascible and misanthropic, with a steady stream of guitar leads. Rough Kids play a traditional U.K. punk sound that’s been burdened by living life in 2013. It’s current, and it’s fierce. Not bad for a buncha white collar guys.

 –Daryl Gussin (Sorry State)