DIRECT HIT!: Wasted Mind: CD

Milwaukee’s Direct Hit play smooth, poppy punk with complicated and varied songwriting and hyper-melodic motormouth vocals. They bring to mind brainier Fat bands like Propagandhi and Dillinger 4. This is a concept album about drugs. There are songs about flipping out on mushrooms, pissing in cups, sketchy prescription drugs, and losing people to alcoholism, and they all skip by fast until you catch yourself singing, “Take all those pills / Swallow ‘em down, take every one / We’re all insane / Pay! / The price is brains.” Damn. –Chris Terry (Fat, fatwreck.com)