May 23, 2017

I can’t remember the first time I heard Portland Oregon’s Piss Test, but I have been a fan for a few years now. I snapped up everything they had available on vinyl the first time I saw them play, and it is a great day when a new one comes out. Here we have their second LP and they continue to crank out the kind of punk rock that fuels my life. Agitated, frantic, and off kilter, the songs run the risk of spinning out of control if it wasn’t for the dialled-in rhythm section becoming the anchor to pull them back in just in the nick of time. Songs touch on issues such as gentrification, sexism at shows, asshole cops, and strip bar employees among other things. Even if I didn’t already love the band, they would have landed me with the opening line from “Basement”: “I still hate Fleetwood Mac.” I do indeed. –Ty Stranglehold (Dirt Cult)

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