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NOi!SE - Welcome To Tacoma {Pirates Press} Four track download-only EP from this band that rather impressed on the recent ‘4-Way Split’ EP. This is a whole different kettle of Punk Rock though as where I heard RANCID meets NAKED RAYGUN, this is an all-acoustic EP. There is still a bit of THE BOMB about this if coupled with Pirates Press labelmate, LENNY LASHLEY, some very capable playing and very clear, crisp production that really benefits the tunes. Of the four tracks, it’s ‘So I Drift Away’ that features some neat vocal harmonies and a great guitar lead and ‘Rank And File’ with its brief unaccompanied section and guitar playing that’s of a standard that would make the likes of PAUL BRADY and LUKA BLOOM envious, that impress most. I really liked this; the playing is really solid and inventive, the songs fit the acoustic setting incredibly well and unlike many bands who try the acoustic path, it’s not a cheap ode to THE POGUES. Impressive. (12.04.21)
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NATTERERS (2 reviews), NEIGHBORHOOD BRATS, NEW ROCKET UNION, NEW YORK DOLLS, NIGHTBIRDS, NIGHTMEN, NOFX and NUMBER ONES