KILL THE PRESIDENT!: Citizens: CD

I have to say that sometimes I am challenged by reviewing some European punk, as so much of what I come across is what I would call “professional punk”—bands that come loaded with corporate sponsors, big festivals, tour shirts, and sound ready for corporate alt-rock radio. I guess I get it. Things are just done differently in Europe, right? Well, now I set you up, it won’t be a surprise that I put these guys from Valencia, Spain in that camp. This is very slickly produced and totally well done, which, for me, is the problem here. In keeping with the time-honored rock tradition of including a “bonus track,” one is included here, suspicious in that the first five songs of this six song CD totaled maybe thirteen minutes, so I am not sure what the bonus is, exactly. –Garrett Barnwell (Morning Wood, morningwoodrecords.com)