LA’s Roll The Tanks waste no time and get right down to business with opener “Toeing The Line”… good opening, better bridge and a chorus with arena ambitions. At this point I found myself asking where these guys came from exactly? Well, Danny Carney and Mike Wakeham started playing music together when they were just twelve years old and eventually started Roll The Tanks with drummer Joe Sirois (Frank Black, Mighty Mighty Bosstones) and guitarist Aaron Stuart (formerly of Piebald).
They continue down the same path with “Waiting On A Storm”, a pop-punk protest song that sounds like it could’ve been written by Anti-Flag or maybe even Against Me. They pay tribute to Jay Reatard with “Goodnight Jimmy Lee”, another solid song with a great chorus that’s stuck in your head after just one listen. “Hornet” is already the last song and starts off with a slight Americana vibe before working out some frustrations towards the end.
These guys aren’t exactly reinventing the wheel here and could use a little more grit but they have released one hell of a calling card with their self-titled EP!