This funny, edgy, political band from Oakland was originally an acoustic act, but they’re fully electric now. Edgy song titles include “Uncle Obama’s White Cabin,” “(I Only Like Girls with) Eating Disorders,” and the title track. Their brand of sarcasm was prevalent in classic hardcore a la Dead Kennedys or MDC, but is somewhat surprising in a This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb-inspired group of today. Probably a blast to see live, The Roughies are simultaneously hilarious and seriously fun to listen to.
–Art Ettinger (Self-released, theroughiesmusic.com)