On their new album, Albuquerque punks Russian Girlfriends absolutely destroy everything in sight. ‘In The Parlance Of Our Times’ comes with a dozen songs worth of blistering punk rock, hardcore energy and enough rock n roll swagger to rival The Bronx.
They get right down to it with opener ‘Coke,’ which bundles frenetic riffage, pummeling drums and the kind of screamed vocals that demand attention into one monster of a song. ‘Coke’ then seamlessly segues into ‘Angry Bong Rips’, which is where the band introduce their rock ‘n roll strut. And from there on, they keep on strutting with the poppier ‘The Day We Put The Dog Down’ and ‘Redfield, which is highly melodic and then transforms into mosh heaven about halfway through.
The album’s second half may not be quite as strong as the first half. Not that there are any bad songs to be found, but simply because the first half is über-strong. ‘Obsidian’ and ‘Jeremy’s Last Stand’ are two more standouts though and help make ‘In The Parlance Of Our Times’ one absolutely kickass, shred-happy rager of an album.
Angry Bong Rips
The Day We Put The Dog Down
White Guilt White Heat
Mark Knopfler Is My Moral Compass
Jeremy's Last Stand
Babylon is for Lovers
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.