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ONE THING -
(Side One Dummy)
I had heard good things about this disc, and I was really looking forward
to hearing it. It starts off
with a kick of drums and distorted guitars, followed by guttural vocals
screaming a pro-America diatribe called “Armbands and Braids”.
But it’s all downhill from there.
A few songs have the kind of power and passion you get from better
street punk, and I get the impression that there’s some really good
stuff underneath the guitar-heavy mix, but I can’t quite hear it.
The best moments are when lead guitarist Amy Griffin steps up to
take the lead vocal duties, and I think that a cleaner production would
show that she’s a terrific guitarist, as well.
Both she and bassist/lead vocalist Joe Gittleman are veterans of
bands, with plenty of credibility and chops.
I just think they need to clean up the sound a little, to reflect
the fact that they are a trio, instead of the virtual guitar orchestra
this sounds like. - Brian Mosher