VARIOUS ARTISTS: Solid: 7″

A great little grouping of Citizen Fish, MDC, Mouth Sewn Shut, and Embrace The Kill who contribute one track each. Citizen Fish: Always is a winner for me and could do no wrong, provide a mid-tempo number of their brand of ska punk. Mouth Sewn Shut: Great live band that really gets the crowd going also contributes a ska punk number that has a bottom heavy hardcore vibe. MDC: I don’t think I really liked anything after the Millions of Dead Cops LP and the Multi-Death Corporations EP, but I have to say that this is the best track from the band I have heard since then. Same energy and feel with better production. Embrace The Kill: The one band I have never heard of. For their offering, this band sounds like Citizen Fish on the slower ska tempos due to Dick Lucas’s guest vocals on the track. But when the band speeds up, they come to their own: aggressive street punk with spastic, screamed vocals. The interplay of Dick and the vocalists when they sing together compliment each other well. 

 –don (Rodent Popsicle)