RESTARTS, THE: Uprising: LP

The Restarts never fail to deliver the goods, and that for me, is a little bit of light in these increasingly dark times. They crank out the type of punk that borders on being hardcore. The speed sometimes hits the red, the guitar is like a buzzsaw, and the vocals have the bellow similar to John Brannon (Negative Approach, Laughing Hyenas, Easy Action). The band rips and shreds through these songs—with some slow tempos here and there to build the tension—and then they throw in some ska to lighten the mood. The Restarts come through best with their straightforward lyrics, as they state in the opener, “Panic”: “I want you to panic, feel the fear I feel every day, I want you to act like you’re in a crisis, act as if your house is on fire,” because folks it pretty much is. –Matt Average (Pirates Press / No Label, nolabelrecords.org)