RECORD REVIEWS PART 4

LOWER EAST SIDE STITCHES - Lower East Side CD (NG/ARTEMIS RECORDS)

New York Punk Rock band L.E.S. Stitches have been around for quite a while now, but they use to be five in the band.

This album sounds a lot like a mix between Stiv Bators' early solo stuff and the modern Punk that bands like Rancid play (or use to play). Especially 'What's Going On' and 'Miss You' have a sort of 'Disconnected' LP feel to them (that's a Stiv Bators classic, you ignorant fake), which isn't bad at all! 'Miss You' is the best song on this one, and I bet they had been listening to songs like 'I Wanna Forget You (Just The Way You Are)' when they wrote it. Not to say that they just copy others, 'cause they don't.

'Badge To Kill' is also a good slower punk rock song. '1st Beer Of The Day' is the best of the faster songs, 'cause this just sort of punks on with not so much of the old-accomplished-punk-musicians breaks and fancy stuff that sadly kills some of the other songs on this CD (but I'm very hard to please).

They do an ok version of the Only Ones' 'Another Girl Another Planet', which is pretty true to the original except for the vocals being all New York/Bators. This kind of cover is a bit pointless to me, at least on a record, but since there's 14 songs on this one we'll think of it as a freebie.

I'd like to see this band live, and I'll play this album every once in a while, too. It actually kinda grows on you. Not bad.
L.E.S. STICHES - LOWER EAST SIDE CD COVER


L.E.S. STICHES
THE LOWER EAST SIDE STITCHES

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THE JINX - CHARTBUSTER CD COVER

THE JINX - Chartbuster CD (BURN RECORDS)

There's been all kinds of bullshit said about this band, so let's just make this clear - They're Not Nazis! (the Dead Kennedys t-shirts worn on the band photos could have told you that, if you had bothered to look at them). Many years ago members of this band played with some pathetic total sell-out Viking/Semi-Nationalistic soft core outfit (Midgårds Söner) and that's all. Embarassing for them I'm sure, but it can't change the fact that this album is really good. With the exception of one or two guitar melody things there's no soft core here, mainly just classic 80's punk/oi, done really well, too.

Of course, most of the lyrics is pretty standard oi stuff about 'fighting in the street', 'street fights' and 'never running away from a street fight'. Well, to be fair, there's one song about fighting in the pub instead, only in the last verse it ends up in the street anyway... Actually there's a bit more but not much. One song about how great the Exploited are, and some 'punks and skins unite (and, eh... fight in the street) against hippies and crusties' lines, that's not gonna be much help when changing the Swedish PC police's attitude. I don't mind that that much, but how many more times can the Blitz's 'Never surrender Never give in Never let the enemy win' chorus be used?

That said, the music is pretty good on this one (way fucking superior to most of their critics' stuff, that's for sure), with a good production too. Recommended to anyone into fast UK82 punk, with maybe a touch of newer US type HC.

MURPHYS LAW - The Best Of Times / Good For Now CD (NG/ARTEMIS RECORDS)

CD reissue of the 1991 album 'The Best Of Times' with the bonus of the 1993 'Good For Now' ep. The music is either soft metal hard core, metal hard core meets psychedelica or plain ska. Obviously not my kind of stuff. There's a bit of rapping in it too, to.. eh.. top things off. Not even a John Holmstrom cover can help them.
Titles like 'Big Spliff', 'Burnt Toast' and 'Hemp For Victory' gives you an idea about the lyrics.

The bonus ep has 2 ok songs - 'Don't Wanna' (with a bit more punk in the vocals this actually would have been good) and 'Stay Gold' (that's just average USHC). Then it's back to soft metal ska with lots of horns.

If you like the record but didn't buy it when it came out I guess this is some value for money with the 5 bonus songs, but I'll never play it again.


MURPHYS LAW - THE BEST OF TIMES/GOOD FOR NOW CD COVER
ORANGE 9MM PROMO CDEP COVER

ORANGE 9MM - Primer CDep (NG RECORDS)

I have absolutely no idea why this was sent to me. It's fucking rap-metal - and that's probably my No:1 Hate! I honestly believe that anyone involved with it should be killed.

(Ok, you get three songs, one taken from the 'Pretend I'm Human' CD and two recorded live . I've gotta confess I only listened to about 15 seconds of each song, and the reason why I could be bothered even that long was 'cause at least the singer wasn't trying to do that Tough Guy voice. As rap metal goes it isn't the worst ever, I guess, I wouldn't really know, but it's still fucking awful.
In other words: Keep going guys, you're almost on MTV).

-You call this a review???
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