STRAIGHTJACKET: Enemy b/w 30+ Years: 7”

Oct 23, 2007

Surely played, pleasant ‘77 punk. The band plays like veterans (think Subversives, The Murders), and although not burning down any new barns (it’s more like a pilot light that never went out, and can heat up, depending on the situation), they’ve got the art of melodies and backups down, the guitarists do nice little flourishes to keep the standardization at bay, and the two songs switch up vocalists. They’re definitely aware of the template and its limitations, but they’re also confidently pushing at its boundaries and playing to its strengths. This could have easily come out on a Hostage comp. Satisfying.

 –todd (Jonny Cat)