DAVOVÁ PSYCHÓZA: Emancipácia: CD

As an ignorant American who only speaks English and has never been to mainland Europe, it shouldn’t be surprising that until now I was unfamiliar with what I imagine is Slovakia’s longest-running punk band. But to give you an idea of how long this four-piece has been around (since 1987), they are older than their country. Many of these ten songs sound as though they could easily fit in on Fat Wreck circa the past ten or fifteen years with driving beats, rumbling bass, and melodic guitars. While the vocals occasionally have some nice harmonies, they can be a bit stiff and forced, too. Musically, though, this is thirty-two minutes of melodic punk from a group that has been putting out albums longer than some of you reading this have been alive. Props to them. –Kurt Morris (Papagájv Hlasatel)