Album Reviews

Neighborhood Brats – Recovery
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 21:10
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These Brats changed neighborhoods after being forced to move from the Bay Area to LA when the yuppies took over. They now reside in Long Beach, which has long since been home to a lot of disenfranchised punks.

Built around George Rager’s, uhm… raging riffs, the songs on “Recovery” are the kind of hardcore punk tunes that Black Flag used to dish out back in the day. But instead of Keith Morris/Ron Reyes/Henry Rollins, you get Jenny Angelillo’s voice here. They’re obviously not out to reinvent the wheel here but they are plenty pissed off and why not vent while trying to relive the heydays of California hardcore punk. After all, there are worse ways to spend your day.

Sounding like they’re all hopped up on (insert drug of choice), these guys and one lady blast through 12 songs in 23 minutes, getting all their frustrations out there in the most melodic way possible. It makes “Recovery” a highly entertaining album that – unlike yuppies who take over entire neighborhoods – is very welcome.

Tom Dumarey
Tom Dumarey

Lacking the talent to actually play in a band, Tom decided he would write about bands instead. Turns out his writing skills are mediocre at best as well.