TOMMY GUSTAFSSON & THE IDIOTS: Eastern State Penitentiary: CD

Jan 20, 2011

This spinoff from the Swedish street punk band Da Skywalkers is incredibly corny, which shouldn’t be all that shocking considering that former band’s name. But I’m not complaining. It’s actually a hoot hearing Plan-It-X type political folk punk played by Swedes singing in English. Whether or not this is intended to be comedic, it’s fucking hilarious. The heartfelt, screamed, sociopolitical anthems included on Eastern State Penitentiary are quality, earnest fun. Hell, if The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels can end up being international successes, maybe Tommy Gustafsson & the Idiots can top the global charts, too.

 –Art Ettinger (Warbird,