RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS: Massive Fraud: 7”

I have been a huge Gamblers fan for a long time. I have both my old pals on the Total Punk Radio message boards as well as this very magazine to thank for turning me onto what would become one of the most important bands in my life. Cheers, dudes! Here we are, more than a decade and stacks of records later. The boys have decided to do a 7” series this year with each one featuring an original tune and a cover on the B-side. This record is the third in the series. “Massive Fraud” is classic Gamblers. It’s an up-tempo rocker with the hooks and leads that we’ve come to expect. It’s very much in line with what was going on with their last LP, The Wolf You Feed. The cover this time out is none other than “Hate the Police” by The Dicks. Not only is this one of the most legendary Texas punk songs, but it has also been covered near perfectly by Mudhoney in the past. Does the Gamblers’ version measure up? Like you need to ask. Their downright beautiful take on the song made all hair on my arms and the back of my neck stand up. It may be weird to hear from a Canadian like me, but Texas punk is the best punk. GFFG! –Ty Stranglehold (End Sounds)