BLATZ: Mike Montano: LP

When I saw this record in the Razorcake review bin, I lit up. Blatz was an influential band for me in high school. Their abrasive, fuck-all attitude spoke to me. I especially remember often listening to the Blatz/Filth split. This live record was originally intended as a benefit for Mike Montano of Filth, but, sadly, he passed away before its release and now it benefits 924 Gilman Street. I was hesitant to listen because, at the time of this performance on December 27, 2013, it had been twenty-one years since Blatz’s breakup. That’s a lot of time to get rusty. Boy, I was wrong. Blatz delivers all of the energy and rage present in their recordings from over two decades ago. Mike Montano is a testament to the good shit (and great noise) that can happen when folks get together to support one another. –Sean Arenas (Zafio, zafiorecords.blogspot.com)