VEGETATIVE STATE: Self-titled: 7”

For some reason, like a giant infant, I seem to really have a big soft spot in my head for raw, no frills punk that harkens back to that gloriously golden era when hardcore was just starting to sprout peachfuzz. This is just such a band and it reminds me, in turns, of the Angry Samoans, the Adolescents, and Reagan Youth. And you really can’t lose when you’re drawing comparisons to bands of that caliber. Plus any cover art that has a Barney Fife motif immediately softens me up like an Ex-Lax and prune juice parfait.

 –aphid (Death By Noise, www.myspace.com/deathbynoise)