KNEE-JERK: Demo: CD

Knee-Jerk play straight-up hardcore punk that kicks you in the teeth from the opening riff. The band captures everything I love about hardcore punk, namely its raw, concentrated fury. Each song is like a fast gut check, getting the message through, without any fuss. Even the anthemic singalong track “Inept,” while longer than the other tracks on the CD, still feels lean and in your face. It’s a track sure to inspire some pile-ons and other nonsense at shows. The one complaint I had about this demo was that it was too short. Three songs were just not enough! Definitely looking forward to more. –Paul J. Comeau (Bankrupt Studios, bankruptstudios716.bandcamp.com)