RULETA RUSA: Viviendo Una Maldicion: LP

San Francisco’s Ruleta Rusa have this uncanny ability to mix street punk, hardcore, and straight-ahead rock’n’roll with a seamlessness too few others attempting the same have managed in quite a while. As per usual, the songs here have an anthemic quality without relying on chants and singalong bits to get there, not unlike the Effigies’ best work, pero en Español, and the singer’s ability to keep his raspy howl largely in tune is a wonder unto itself. To those unfamiliar with ‘em, allow me to introduce you to yer fave new band. –Jimmy Alvarado (Sorry State)