RAGING NATHANS / REAGANOMICS, THE: Midwest Duress: 7”

Dayton’s Raging Nathans are one of the best live pop punk bands of today, but unfortunately their past recorded output only sporadically captured their greatness to any degree of accuracy. Fortunately, their three songs featured here all kick ass, delivering what might be my favorite of their releases to date. The Reaganomics from Joliet are another of the finest bands of this type of today, excelling with a trio of tracks prefigured to make you jump around the room. A split release between Red Scare and Rad Girlfriend, it’s available on black vinyl or two different versions of color vinyl. If Midwest Duress can’t turn your frown upside down, you’re inconsolable. –Art Ettinger (Rad Girlfriend / Red Scare)