BANANAS, THE / RIVERS EDGE: The Bananas + Rivers Edge: CS

It’s been quite some time since the Bananas have graced us with any new tunes (New Animals came out a decade ago!) so I had to pinch myself when I found this tape in my review cubby. Only the Bananas can take ten years off from recording and still come through with two new songs of their patented brand of manic punk that makes you want to bounce off the walls and yell in people’s faces with excitement. The joke’s on me for initially having my doubts, but even the Bananas see the humor in all of this as their liner notes slate the year 2025 for the release of a new album. Hardy-fuckin’-har. Rivers Edge are punk rock lifers from Chattanooga with members from a plethora of great bands including Basement Benders, Sexy, ADD/C, and Future Virgins. Two songs of heartfelt punk from the South. Tough sounding, but not in a knuckle-headed way. Anyone who’s seen any of their previous bands play live know that they pour every ounce of blood, sweat, and tears into their performance and these studio songs exert that passion onto tape. Two wonderful surprises on one cassette. You can’t go wrong with this one. –Juan Espinosa (Lifers Tapes, liferstapes1.bandcamp.com)