STRAPS, THE: Self-titled: CD

A reissue of this historied band’s debut album, originally released on Cyclops Records in 1982. Although for some reason dubbed a “street punk” band these days, their connections to the crème de la crème of U.K. punk and post-punk—Public Image Ltd., U.K. Subs, Epileptics, Theatre Of Hate, and Sex Gang Children, to name a few—are evident in style variances, their employment of slashy, trebly guitars, and sometimes experimental vocal delivery in lieu of prototypical jackhammer riffs and grumbly vocals. The results put them more sonically in line with, say, The Skids than Cockney Rejects. Solid release throughout. –Jimmy Alvarado (PHR, phr.cz)