TROWELS, THE: Self-titled: 7”

Truth be told, I can’t stand thrash metal. But having been a skateboarder for sixteen years now—with the fucked back and chipped teeth to prove it—I really like this four-song EP. That’s not to say I’d ever listen to it again (probably won’t). Nevertheless, the lyrics are fucking amazing; literally every song is about skateboarding: dropping out of school and dropping into a bowl at FDR Skatepark; calling someone out for being a coward for kicking out of a trick; mixing concrete to build a skatepark and a track about session killers (Ken Park, Andy Mac, and McGill had reputations for this back in the day). If anything, I’m glad these kids are out there and involved in skateboarding. With Target and Mountain Dew getting into the fold, we need this DIY spirit.

 –ryan (Self-released, myspace.com/thetrowels)