GUITAR GANGSTERS: Prohibition: LP

Proper re-issue of their debut 1989 full-length. Guitar Gangsters exist at the intersection of power pop and street punk. It has an undeniable edge to it, but you’re hard pressed to find any mention of running riots, beer brawls, or the terraces. It’s Buzzcockian pop made by guys who were stoked to “get the chance to release anything that featured guitars in the mix… in the post punk musical wasteland that was the late 1980s,” as the updated insert states. Nothing really hits me as hard as their 2002 track “Safety Pin through My Heart” did, but it’s still an absolute pleasure to finally hear where it all started. –Daryl (Wanda, [email protected])