The Stalkers have managed to pack their debut full length with well-crafted punk tunes with pop sensibilities that put them somewhere between the Misfits and Dictators on the Great Rock’N’Roll Sonic Spectrum. In fact, the opening song/title track of this CD sounds like Glen Danzig fronting a sped up Suspicions with a Scott “Top Ten” Kempner solo thrown in to keep things interesting. The album is top heavy, with the first five songs grabbing the listener by the ears and shaking them with killer hooks and pop swagger. The second half of the album lags slightly, but overall this is a great listen if you’re a fan of the Black Halos, Boys and Kidnappers.
–benke (Dollar Record, www.dollarrecord.com)