Shutdown – Something to Prove – CD

Shutdown – Something to Prove – CD

Shutdown – Something to Prove – CD (Victory Records) Refreshingly cool metallic hardcore that reminded me of a lot of stuff from the “SpeedCore/Metalcore” era 86-88. Vocals sound like DRI and the band is tight and pretty well produced....
The Shutdowns – T-75 – CD

The Shutdowns – T-75 – CD

The Shutdowns – T-75 – CD (Theologian Records) The Shutdowns play fairly basic, straightforward, snotty punk rock with a nod to ‘50s rock. They do it well, but so do many other bands. In other words, it’s not really anything special…except for the song...
The Slackers – The Question – CD

The Slackers – The Question – CD

The Slackers – The Question – CD (Hellcat Records) The Slackers are back with 19 more great tunes. This time they hold even closer to the traditional smoky, sexy, ska sound. The Slackers are a third wave ska band with a first wave soul. The songs are about...
Slow Fore – Oil – CD

Slow Fore – Oil – CD

Slow Fore – Oil – CD (Espo Records) I like the instrumental tracks that begin and end the CD. I also like the lyrics, but the vocals just plain stink. I started off liking the music for the rest of the tracks, but as the CD progressed all the songs ended...
Softball – Tenku – CD

Softball – Tenku – CD

Softball – Tenku – CD (Asian Man Records) Softball reminds me of a more punk version of Shoen Knife. It’s pretty close to other punk-pop bands out there, but the big difference is that it’s three cute girls instead of three cute guys. I think that’s what...
Speed Dial – Keca’m – CD

Speed Dial – Keca’m – CD

Speed Dial – Keca’m – CD (Mother West) For some reason every time I pop this in I think of The Police from “Regatta De Blanc”. There’s just something about his voice and the musical style. As the songs progress it loses that...
The Service – Who’s Criminal? – CD

The Service – Who’s Criminal? – CD

The Service – Who’s Criminal? – CD (GMM Records) Great punchy UK style punk rock in the same spirit as The Clash and Sham 69. The lead singer rants on several of the songs like a euphoric Keith Morris with a British accent. I like The Service, but by...
Spring Heel Jack – Treader – CD

Spring Heel Jack – Treader – CD

Spring Heel Jack – Treader – CD (Thirsty Ear Recordings) This is a strange thing to be sent to MRZ since it’s ambient/experimental/techno stuff, but it’s a nice change of pace amongst the massive amounts of Punk Rock we usually have to review....
Spirit – For the Millennium – CD

Spirit – For the Millennium – CD

Spirit – For the Millennium – CD (J-Bird Records) It’s your basic piano-y new age meditating music. There are 8 bands on this release that accomplished its mission of putting me to sleep. The only problem was that it was at work, and my boss...