TRAPDOOR FUCKING EXIT: Crooked Life/Straight World: CD

Imagine a Slip It In-era Henry Rollins conducting the Drive Like Jehu bullet train all the way from 1988 Chicago to 2006 Norway. That’s kinda what this sounds like. I especially like the “empty, but not thin” production. It’s a definite departure from the typical No Idea sound, and I mean that in a good way. The guitars are driving, relentless even, with just a tinge of natural distortion, while the drums keep it smooth and solid, evoking Hose Got Cable. My only complaint is that they put the strongest songs at the beginning and end, so it drags a bit in the middle. Other than that, these dudes from Norway have delivered an excellent album that deserves your attention.

 –ben (No Idea)