DOPPELSKANGERS / FLACCID REFLUX: Publicks Rube: LP

Galway, Ireland punk bands sharing main guitar, vocal, and drumming members. I was worried from the outset there would be ska notes from the first band’s name. Pleasantly surprised with the first song’s lack of. Early Lookout bands come to mind with the production, song structure, and deft bass fretting. Unfortunately, two more Lookout reminders quickly follow: ska notes in the second track and the rest of their side ultimately lands in the Surrogate Brains or Corrupted Morals camp of forgettable piece of punk history. Flaccid Reflux is down, dirty, metallic joke-punk recorded in “Chris’…girlfriend’s bedroom” that I’m sure was hilarious at the time of recording. They chose a silhouette of a dog taking shit as their cover art. No irony. –Matt Seward (Girth, girthrecords.com)