VEE DEE: Furthur: CD

Vee Dee mix in some of the lighter-hearted, dark-stained pop overtones of early Replacements, the crunch of early ‘80s, mid-tempo middle America punk – the “you know they’re older, but they sound like they just discovered this shit” sound. When they speed up, I hear clips of early Freeze guitar. When they slow down, out comes a “Bloodstains”-era Agent Orange surf/secret agent man guitar, counter pointed by a healthy Cramps-like addiction to zombies and undertakers. It’s almost as if these guys took a gigantic, aerial photograph of America of punk America circa 1979-1980, harvested all the best parts, and stitched it all together as expertly as a plastic surgeon. Only that they keep the “ugly” parts Killed By Death ugly. Ultimately, Furthur has a ton of satisfying songs that are as easy to like and understand. It harkens back to an era when punk’s best art was xeroxed flyers stapled to telephone poles.

 –todd (Criminal IQ)