Die Hards (Side One Dummy)
Reviewed by Jason Thornberry
"Trick or treat! Our first song is
called ‘Get Off My Back', cuz we're punk rock,
man, and we hate society!"
These boyz are ‘Diehard' enough to even print the
grunts of their vocalist in the inner sleeve
("Argh, Argh"). Not seeming to care that punk is
gathering flies, and has been since most of this
band still ate peanut butter sandwiches in the
sandbox. A hectic onslaught, that's well done
despite how ridiculous you or I think their hair
looks. Makes me wanna watch "Repo Man" again.
"Hated at school. All the jocks and
Barbie dolls. So I joined the punk scene to get
away from it all."
Those corny lyrics would have definitely worked
in the eighties when I was in high school, but
now that punk is (well…was) hip, it's arguable
that there are now probably as many jocks in the
punk scene as at the football game.
They can obviously play better than they're
doing, and I just think dumbing down your songs
so that the Mall tykes will like you is going
against everything a band like The Casualties
appears to stand for. You wanna be really
different guys? Start by
playing music that isn't easy enough that my
fucking dog can play it, and lose the Halloween
© 2001 - Jason Thornberry