SKEPTIC?: Hornet’s Nest: LP

Newest (fifth? I don’t know, I’ve lost count) long player from this long-running Alabama quartet-sometimes-quintet featuring members of good bands that you’ve probably never heard (Thik Chicken, Caustic Outlook). They’ve managed to churn out pretty much perfect meat-and-potatoes U.S. punk for over fifteen years now, and comparisons to Gang Green, the Freeze, Circle Jerks, et cetera all make sense. Remarkably catchy but simple punk with some real cool guitar leads with a clear but somewhat rough-around-the-edges recording. If this band would ever tour, they’d either explode or be relegated to bar crowds that might not quite catch how great they are, but that’s really the charm about bands like these. –Ian Wise (Self-released)