SLAUGHTER BOYS: Self-titled: 7” EP

May 23, 2018

Given the band’s uninspired name and the fact that the phrase “San Diego Rock’n’Roll” was inscribed more than once on the record and accompanying note, I imagined my options for how this band might sound fell squarely between Slaughter & The Dogs and regular Slaughter. I was pleasantly surprised when they turned out to be a completely acceptable admixture of melodic ‘70s Brit-punk sounds like Chelsea with more grunt-rousing early ‘80s Brit-punk sounds like Blitz (but less yelly), although the band, to their credit, never actually really sounds like they’re from Britain, while the record sleeve looks more like something a San Francisco industrial label would have done in 1981. People would have probably popped big boners over this one in 1983, and I’m fairly impressed with it in whatever year this is now. BEST SONG: “Dogmatic.” BEST SONG TITLE: “Rot.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: I think “admixture” means pretty much the same thing as “mixture,” I just used that word to be a douche. –Rev. Nørb (Self-released)