SUNSET RIDERS: Self-Titled: 7″

Open-ended question: is part of straight edge not having sex? That doesn’t make a lot of sense if it is, because then the Mormons and Catholics win because they make their fucking count and have more kids who grow into their belief system. (Ever heard of the Shakers? No? They’re almost all dead because they didn’t fuck. Great furniture, though.) Just asking, because Sunset Riders opine, “When you find a new girl, the edge is out of sight.” The music: well-played, following-the-prescription straight-edge hardcore that mixes Youth Of Today with more modern flavors like The Panic and is thankfully far away from the “wonka wonka chwee” in-need-of-anger-management metal that was clothing itself as hardcore for the ‘90s and early ‘00s. You know what you’re getting from the packaging, just like cupcakes—hell, man, if you can’t stop eating cupcakes, be my guest—but, unlike Out Cold’s Will Attack If Provoked or Career Suicide’s Attempted Suicide, not quite near the best cupcakes I’ve ever had.

 –todd (Suburban Waste)