Mar 26, 2020

L.A.’s 110 freeway ends in San Pedro, a port town that punks revere as the home of ’80s legends the Minutemen, and pop punk American treasure Todd Congelliere. Jumpstarted Plowhards is the most Pedro thing possible: a project by Todd Cong and the Minutemen’s Mike Watt, and it’s really fun to hear how their signature styles combine. Todd applies his sweet ‘n’ sad hooks to Watt’s frenetic, loping playing; while Watt’s expansive grooves bust Todd’s songwriting out of its standard compact shimmy. These serial collaborators bring in eight different drummers (a new one for every song!), including George Hurley from the Minutemen and Firehose, and Patty Schemel from Hole, along with homies from Toys That Kill, Missingmen, and Secondmen. It doesn’t make for the most cohesive listen, but there’s never a dull moment, and the spirit of collaboration, community, and creativity always shines through. –Chris Terry (Recess, recessrecords.com)