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WESTERN ADDICTION - Frail Bray {Fat Wreck} Album #3 from this now long-term Fat band (although it has taken them about 15 years to get there). You get 11 tracks of inventive and intelligent melodic Hardcore which seem much more structured and enthralling than some of the band’s previous work. Best tracks were ‘Lurchers’ that’s a chugging juggernaut with a great breakdown and killer chorus, the damaged BLACK FLAGian core of ‘Utter Despair and ‘Rose’s Hammer II’ that starts lurching along at a relative mid-pace but has plenty of musical muscle recalling DANZIG in parts and a rather clever baroque middle section but best track has to be opener ‘The Leopard And The Juniper’ that barrels along on a riff that could destroy an entire continent and a structure that is both tough as nails but melodic. Lyrically this is clever stuff too, lots of interesting references and thankfully they never dive into that experimental Metal stuff the likes of PEARS do. Probably one of the best on Fat in 2020. (18.01.21)

WYLDLIFE - Year Of The Snake {Wicked Cool} PODCAST PLAYED New York City four-piece, new to me, but apparently this is their fourth album! What’s more, it’s a fucking cracker loaded with Power-Pop moves played with a Punk Rock ‘n’ Roll zeal. Opener ‘Death Bed’ sets things perfectly - think BRIEFS, early GREEN DAY and CHEAP TRICK (also see closer ‘The Falcon’ for the most obvious CT influence). Another ten tracks follow, retaining that sound with highlights being ‘Kiss And Tell’ that has a sauntering chorus and stutters along on a riff that ELASTICA would have pilfered, ‘Get Well’ that swaggers like mid-period REPLACEMENTS and the ferocious, pogo-Tastic ‘Sacre Bleu’ while best track could be ‘Crime Of The Scene’ that’s Power-Pop in the way BIG STAR did it. Not even mentioned ‘Keeping Up With C.T.’ That I am sure Evan Dando would sell a kidney for. A totally thrilling release - maybe the big surprise of 2020 in fact. It’s polished but sneering, melodic yet snotty and generally genuinely thrilling. (06.02.21)

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