PUNCH DRUNK: Sassy: CS/CD

Although the bands used to describe Punch Drunk’s sound include Hot Water Music, Hüsker Dü, and Jawbreaker I am adding The Doughboys, All Systems Go!, and Red Collar to the list. In fact, the first two— obviously connected groups—of those three latter bands were my first ports of call when considering comparisons to Punch Drunk. There are some really strong songs here and the highs are much more prevalent than the few lows. Although on a further plus side, having played this quite a few times now, even some of those lows are beginning to sit nicely in my head. An impressive debut. –Rich Cocksedge (Disillusioned, [email protected], Disillusionedrecords.bandcamp.com / Engineer, engineersrecords.com / Just Say No To Government Music, jsntgm.com)