Wow, total sleeper hit of this issue. Wasn’t expecting much at all from this, and then both bands just blew me away. Terrific stuff: catchy and anthemic. Owing heavy nods to their fellow countrymen in Bombshell Rocks and Smalltown, every song is so goddamn bright and hook-laden, I was singing along by the second time I ran through this, and that’s saying something. Using the framework and template of, say, the first few Stiff Little Fingers records but updating and modernizing it; goddamn, what’s not to like, right? Subwaste’s the more jagged of the two, if only because of the fact that the vocalist’s got that extra ounce of snarl in his pipes. TG&TI are swimming through similar (rad) waters, but they’ve got a very slight rock/rockabilly thread buoying up their end of things. It’s albums like this, ones that totally come out of left field, that make me so stoked to review for yon ‘Cake.