VARIOUS ARTISTS: Rock N’ Roll Manifesto 7” Series Vol. 1: 7” EP

Curated by Real Punk Radio’s Greg Lonesome, this four-band throwdown kicks off with Tiger Touch, whose guitar-heavy, cowbell-laced chug makes me wonder if the plotline of this particular manifesto was not liberally adapted from the Sympathy For The Record Industry catalog circa thirty years ago. The Twin Cities’ Fret Rattles are always a blast (fairly literally, a blast) live; although their sound is grounded in a madly amped-up version of basic MC5-styled rock’n’roll, they have this subtle white noise aspect to them (inasmuch as a “white noise aspect” can be said to be “subtle”) that brings to mind really early Hüsker Dü (although I “grant” [heh] that I may merely be assigning them to a senseless granfalloon. Still, who’s complaining?). J.J. & The Real Jerks manage to differentiate themselves from the two previous bands by adding brief harmonies and a saxophone solo to their song about boxing, and the Missile Studs emit a thorny dollop of that snotty punk that was all the rage on labels like Pelado and Dead Beat about twenty years ago. One thing’s for certain: This is certainly a much louder (and more engaging) manifesto than The Communist Manifesto, which was just about factories and farms and crap and wasn’t very loud at all. Rockers of the world, unite! BEST SONG & SONG TITLE: Missile Studs, “Spazz Out.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Comes on “Super Limited Black, Blood Red, or Bone White” vinyl. What, no ecru? –Rev. Nørb (Stamp Out Disco, stampoutdisco.com)