GERBILS, THE: Dead Detroit: LP

Dead Detroit is a document of a band that recorded and never did anything with it. It’s amazing things this good still exist. It’s dead perfect for fans of snotty ‘82 hardcore punk before the speed completely set in. The album starts with mid-tempo aggression. “Phoney Baloney” and “No One Loves Me” has a great, unhinged drumbeat with that slappy, ‘80s snare sound. Side one gets into higher gear with a familiar sentiment: “I Don’t Like Cops.” This has all the elements of a band you should have heard of already. –Billups Allen (Lysergic Sound Distributors, lsdsounds.com)