EXECUTIVES: Self-titled: 7” EP

If the Adolescents never had Rikk Agnew in the band and had maybe just slightly above a first-Red-Cross-EP level of chops and desperately attempted to sound like the first Generation X album, I think you’d get this. Am I close? This is a fairly underwhelming-sounding recording, quality-wise, for a Southern California band, even of that era, but three out of the four songs are pretty cool and the band likely deserved a moderately-better-appointed platform whence to articulate their vision. Then again, fuck any band where a guy is wearing an Izod® LaCoste gator shirt on the back cover. BEST SONG: Ironically, “Fashion.” BEST SONG TITLE: “Jet Set.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Seriously. Fuck that gator shirt business. ­–Rev. Nørb (Rerun, rerunrecordsstl.com)