TV FREAKS: Self-titled: LP

Raging punk rock from these guys. Reminds me a little of the Oops, because they’re at a point where they’re straddling hardcore in some songs. They hit these quick speeds that tip into the red, and I’m “huzzah huzzah” like. But for the most part, they keep it at a mid tempo swagger. The vocals are akin to snot-nosed know-it-all teenager backed up by a wound-up band, and the whole sound is convincing. The photo of the band on the lyric sheet looks like a group nice kids, and not a bunch of miscreants, as the music would have you thinking. You get songs that thrash and bash, a vocalist who shouts at you and sounds like he’s daring you to take a swing (especially in the song “Finish What You Started”), and buzzy distorted guitars. Pretty good record. One of my favorites this issue.

 –M.Avrg (Schizophrenic, schizophrenicrex.com)