The Safes: Simple old timey rock’n’roll. A good band to when you’re too tired to do anything but just sit back, but still too worked up to call it a night yet. Not unlike a lot of late ‘70s first wave punk, with a little more power pop to it. The Blackbelts: If there’s one split that almost made me disregard the “This band:/That band:” approach, it’s this one. Reason being that The Blackbelts seem to be cut from the same cloth. With the exception of the vocals, I find them incredibly similar musically speaking. It’s good to listen to, just tricky to write about. That said, if The Safes are rock’n’roll, then these guys are also just a touch country (read as “not afraid to pull out an acoustic guitar”).
–joe (Wee Rock)