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STAND AGAINST:
Until the End: CD
Youth crew-sounding hardcore here, and it ain't bad for what it is, I guess, even if they do remind me of SOD in all the wrong ways. –jimmy (My Own Wallet)


SOUND 4 SOUND:
Self-titled: cd
They have a song called "Shut Up and Dance." Despite what you think, with this band's lame ass name, they aren't that bad. That is to say, they don't suck. They have a punk hardcore feel and their live show might even be fun if you are in a good mood. They remind me of old guys that play high school garage rock. Some of the songs sound like old Turbonegro, but you know, the shitty old stuff you barely like. -Gabe Rock –Guest Contributor (no label)


RED SATYRS:
A Little Too Quiet...: CD
Sounds like the Cramps trying to match the frantic pace of prime New Bomb Turks, which is not a bad thing in my book. I'd be interested in hearing what this band could do without six thousand layers of reverb on the vocals, but this is a good start. Also, "White Lightning" is not a cover of the George Jones song of the same name. –Josh (RSSR)


RATCHETS, THE:
Self-titled: CD
Guitar rock sounding, old school ska-influenced punk with a rockabilly flair. These guys obviously dream about being The Clash. But hey, more bands that sound like The Clash can't be that bad of a thing. -JasonK –Guest Contributor (Chunksaah)


JUNKYARD:
Tried and True: CD
The quasi-sleaze punk of bands like Nashville Pussy or the Streetwalkin' Cheetahs always seems to be precariously positioned between the best and the worst of their '70s rock god influences. Whether drawing on the bombast of Black Sabbath, the cock rock of AC/DC or the guitar wankery of Ted Nugent, these bands want to have their cake and eat it too... not an easy feat when you think that punk evolved as a reaction to the excesses of the rock aristocracy. Listening to Junkyard’s 2002 release Tried and True, a lot of questions immediately come to mind—like, why don’t these guys get a more punctual publicist? The band, including former members of Minor Threat and Texas punk legends the Big Boys, have trod a long and moderately successful road that included a 1991 record deal with Geffen. But Tried and True is, as the title unfortunately implies, the sound of a band with all eyes on the past, reluctant to try anything new. At the risk of sounding overly cruel, these guys sound a hell of a lot like Bon Jovi. Even the song titles, "Simple Man," "Holdin' On" and the title track are pedestrian. There's a lot of talent in this band, so why they grind out fetid hair metal is a question they really should ask themselves. –eric (Heat Slick/Smart)


KNOCKOUT PILLS, THE:
1+1=Ate: CD
Sweet, solid punk rock from a band mining the same territory as the Marked Men, but with their own indelible stamp. Sometimes I hear snatches of early Beatles buried somewhere in the structure of their back up vocals, which is just a tad unnerving every time I detect it. On the whole, I'd have to say that this was some pretty rockin’ stuff here. –jimmy (Estrus)


HEADWOUND:
Ginmill: CD
Decent enough punk rock with an '80s feel to the proceedings. –jimmy (Haunted Town)


GREAT REDNECK HOPE, THE:
Behold the Fuck Thunder: CD
Disparate musical styles linked by an inherent need to grrrriinnnnddd and crammed into less-than-a-minute blasts of noise. High points include "My Other Car is a Centaur" and "Call Me Old Fashioned, but I Think Trains Are Kick Ass." –jimmy (Thinker Thought)


GOLDENBOY:
Right Kind of Wrong: CD
Surf punk harmony farts that were rad in '97 but now I hear this kind of crap and it's sometimes so catchy and pretty it makes me want to shit into the palm of my hand and throw it at something. I mean fuck, how many songs can be written about going out with girls? Just deal with the STD! She was a bitch. Stop writing music about it. -Gabe Rock –Guest Contributor (Coldfront)


GENERAL RUDIE:
Take Your Place: CD
If you're a fan of Skanadian music, which is Canadian ska (how witty), these guys are your ticket. I hear a lot of different influences, but traditional Jamaican-style ska is their story, and they're sticking to it. This sort of stuff doesn't get me up in the morning, but for what it is, this is a good release. They better not turn out to be any of those "French" Canadians, though. -JasonK –Guest Contributor (Stomp)


FLAPJACKS:
Move to Mars: CD
Psychobilly a la the Rev, which means it ain't bad, but how many bands are left that haven't strip mined this style? –jimmy (Last Chance)


FINAL FOUR:
Self-titled: CD
Fairly generic street punk, with pseudo-defiant lyrics, vocals heavy on Rancid-inspired rasp but short on conviction, and a requisite Cock Sparrer cover. –jimmy (Insurgence)


DEROZER:
Di Nuovo in Marcia: CD
Average mid-tempo, melodic punk rock from Italy that is more fun if you are in the band than not. –don (Derotten)


CORDWOOD DRAGGERS:
My Baby's Like a Rocketship: CD
Bass-slappin' drag racer Jose Espinosa decided to pull up his Cordwood, California roots and relocate to England with two buddies who shared his passion for traditional rockabilly. It wasn't a bad move considering British rockers are only slightly less fanatical than the Japanese when it comes to straw cowboy hats, ten-inch pompadours and classic, pre-rock rockabilly. Vocalist Mick Cocksedge has his hiccup vocals down to a science and guitarist Big Ed Potter sounds like he was playing sockhops in 1954. There's nothing terribly innovative about the Draggers and their lyrics are rather pedestrian but their delivery is exceptionally professional and for some people, that's more than sufficient. Good stuff to swing to, but this album is strictly for the initiated. –eric (El Toro)


CARPENTER ANT:
I Still Have the Drive: CD
Nope. Much too much metal in the offing here to register more than a half-hearted "eh" from this picky jerk. If I wanted metal in my hardcore, I'd be bumpin' Slayer in my box and not this shit. Nice helmets, though. –jimmy (Doppelganger)


ANSWER, THE:
You Had Your Chance: CD
This is shitty hardcore complete with choruses of "straight edge and my friends" and "fuck you." How dramatic. If you like hardcore that complains about life while sounding tough, you will probably love this band. Because it sounds like any other New York Hardcore band. -Gabe Rock –Guest Contributor (Excursion)


7-10 SPLIT:
Kill the Messenger: CD
Ugh. Up comes my lunch and into the trash goes this emo-tinged metal monstrosity. –jimmy (New School)


A TASTE FOR MURDER:
Italian Girls (The Best in the World): CD
Modern hardcore, with all the disjointed rhythms, screamy vocals, and metal inflections one would expect. About as exciting as watching cheese melt. –jimmy (High Fidelity)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Warped Tour 2004 Compilation: CD
Here is a quick summary: fifty bands, fifty songs from the bands on the tour. Who's on the comp? Everybody. –don (Side One Dummy)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
If It Plays...: CD
The Great Redneck Hope is characteristically scorching and brutal. Everything else is probably tremendously interesting to people who still think The Get Up Kids say something significant to them about their lives. –scott (Thinker Thought)


UNIT F:
Security: CD
Effective, if wildly derivative, OC punk rock, with more than a few "borrowed" riffs and hella attitude. While joining the Warped Tour is often the kiss of death as far as I'm concerned, there are worse things one could be listening to than this, like the latest from any of the Warped Tour's headliners. –jimmy (www.fingerrecords.com)


STANLEY ROSS/LOVE STORY IN BLOOD RED:
Split: 7?
Stanley Ross: It sounds like the singer for that Brit-pop band, Pulp, singing a Cat Stevens song. Like a British Cat Stevens. Was Cat Stevens British? I don't know. This is everything I should hate - I swear it's got that corner of a dimly-lit coffee shop with an acoustic guitar feel to it - but I actually like it. LSIBR: Okay, so we had Brit-pop singing folk, but on this I swear it's like Lou Reed singing Blur. This one is not the sexy. –megan (Nodak)


RHINO 39:
Xerox & No Compromise b/w Prolixin Stomp: 7"
A completely obscure LA band gets the bootleg treatment here. Legend has it that Black Flag's first real gig was opening up for this band, which makes sense, since the two songs on the A-side mine the same kind of proto-hardcore sound as Black Flag did on Nervous Breakdown. It also brings to mind other bands from that time period like the Adolescents, the Cheifs, and the Stepmothers: full of nervous energy and sloppy melodies. The B-side is very, very similar to "Tiger Beat Twist" by the Simpletones, with the happy, bouncing beat and the fact that both songs are about dances, like punk rock versions of "Do the Locomotion" or something. Pretty good, but not exactly something that everyone needs to own. –Josh (bootleg)


RESILIENCE:
Sound of Strength: CD
Not particularly exciting oi-inpired punk rock with simplistic, yet defiant, lyrics. The best thing I can muster about it is that there wasn't a "getting drunk with the boys/we've got something to say/let's fight" tune to be found. –jimmy (SOS)


NUTS AND BOLTS:
Self-titled: CD
Listless modern skinhead music. If I was fifteen, bald and brain damaged, I'd still probably think this was terrible. –jimmy (Nuts and Bolts)


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