YOUNG IDENTITIES: New Trends: EP

Hell yes. This is the second EP from this Australian band, originally released in 1980, now an affordable reissue. As you peruse the review section this issue, make sure you put this record at the top of your shopping list. This is some great punk rock. Fast to mid tempo, delivered with attitude, and played with energy and youthful aggression. A bit raw—which is an important thing to have when playing this music—like the hand claps in the title track. “Instant Feelings” keeps the energy up, throws in some “ooh-oohs” and doesn’t miss a beat, at least not one that I can detect. They pull back on “Threats” but lose no urgency. These are the kind of bands and records that remind me why punk is the best music ever.

 –M.Avrg (540, chaosintejas.com)