CULTURE SHOCK: Mandemic: LP

Listen: When I got kicked out of school at sixteen, the soundtrack for our summer was Dag Nasty and Onwards and Upwards by Culture Shock (Ex Subhumans). Long before “ska punk” became dirty words, Culture Shock melded fiercely anarcho punk lyrics in classic Dick Subhumans style with upbeat punky ska vibes. Even writing “punky ska vibes” makes it sound shit, but I swear it’s a thing of beauty. The band went away for twenty-plus years and has come back just as strong. Wonderful. –Tim Brooks (Bluurg, citizenfish.com)