TVTV$ / DIET BRAINWASHING MACHINE, THE: Split: 7”

TVTV$’s ironic political punk rock hit me square in the chest with their taut 4/4 rhythm and hilarious lyrics. “Radiation Man” could’ve been an anthem for the clean-up crew of the Fukushima earthquake, screaming “Take your radiation like a man!” “Money I Owe” utilizes a Social D style hook and, heck, anyone with debt can bark an empathetic “Oi!” to this one. What’s not to love? On the flip side, The Diet Brainwashing Machine embarks on a Timothy Leary-type trip. “Don’t Block Out the Light” is a spoken word exercise layered upon the backdrop of guitar whines and humming bass lines. This bleak, but poignantly written, commentary on the plight of humanity is pure poetry. An excellent split on clear vinyl. Recommended.

 –Kristen K (Scare America, myspace.com/scareamericarecords)