CHUBBY AND THE GANG: Speed Kills: LP

On first view, the album cover resembles random splodges of red, yellow, blue, and white which looks quite garish. On closer inspection it’s possible to make out some great artwork which is hiding beneath that façade. Chubby And The Gang’s music is much the same. It’s loose, frantic, and almost off the rails but repeated listens show that beneath that brash exterior lies some extremely well-written songs delivered in a manic way. Think Cockney Rejects mixed with Slade, all wrapped up in pedal to the metal rock’n’roll and that is what you get with Speed Kills. This is one hell of a rambunctious album and should not be ignored. –Rich Cocksedge (Static Shock, [email protected], staticshockrecords.limitedrun.com)