RATS FROM A SINKING SHIP: Self-titled: CD

A punk band fronted by a rapper named Alex Lusty, which is pretty much what this sounds like—slow to mid-tempo punk with political lyrics occasionally delivered with a hip hop cadence. In the end, it’s not terribly exciting, though I dig large chunks of the positions taken in the lyrical content. –Jimmy Alvarado (Girth, girthrecords.com)