DEAD 77: Die Young: 7”

This new L.A. streetpunk quartet has a lot going for it. Four well-composed tracks showcase an embracing of stripped-down 1980s hardcore, with a major influence from the 1990s streetpunk resurgence. It’s somewhat remarkable that a sound this seemingly derivative can still produce new, beguiling riffs, but the members of Dead 77 industriously play as if they’re the first to discover this well-worn style. For some of us, that’s an endorsement. The vocals are especially grabbing. This reviewer wishes a long life for Dead 77. –Art Ettinger (Evacuate, evacuaterecords.com)