Something Fierce – Don’t Be So Cruel

January 01, 1970

(Dirtnap)

 

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Thus Houston trio has been hard
at work for the better part of this decade. Their 2nd record from
2009 (reissued on Dirtnap) entitled There
Are No Answers
, followed a nice blueprint of ’77 U.K. punk (think Buzzcocks) with
razor-sharp guitars and no shortage of hooks. This new record is a different
beast altogether and not what anyone was expecting. 

 

They still
occasionally slip in those buzzsaw guitar and snotty vocals, but Steven Garcia
(guitar/vocals) and Niki Sevven (bass/vocals) have taken it to the next step
(along with new drummer Andrew Keith),
still mining the UK but now following a path not quite so well-worn, such as on
the tune “Afghani Sands,” with its slightly dubby textures and scattershot
guitars, or the bottom-heavy title track. The snappier “When You Hurt” is more
pop than punk, while “Aliens Two” charges along with pure fist-pumping motion.
Hopefully this record won’t alienate old fans but honestly, the band is moving
forward and doing something infinitely more interesting here. If the die-hard
crusties don’t want to come along for the ride then so be it.

 

DOWNLOAD: “Don’t Be So Cruel”, “Afghani Sands”,
“Bad Choice”, “Aliens Two” TIM HINELY

 

 

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