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From Michigan Bands dot com on the 19th of February, 2004
my review of some mp3's from the
This band professes to be punk on their website. The look and feel of that site gives every indication that they aren't foolin' around. From the pumping fists and graffiti style graphics to "three stooges" voices overs of "imbecile!" This has all the attitude of the kid in high school with the mohawk, safety pin earrings, combat boots and sneer of "what the f*** you lookin' at!"
I listened to the tunes "Lies" and "Who Here likes Beer". This is authentic sounding Brit Punk drawing from the Pistols and Rancid. The vocals are throaty and full of attitude. The music is appropriately loose, I mean what punk band would bother to get tight and still be punk? Green Day you say? Well yeah, but all real punks know they are poseurs. And that's what these guys are authentic...
Sound quality on these tunes are less than stellar, but again who could bother? These songs are a little slow for punk and definitely too long. When I listen to "who here likes beer" I feel transported to a sweaty beer hall somewhere in Hamtramck. Wish they would have did a break down with just drums and vocals somewhere in this tune. It could have been so Andrew W.K. without all that shiny studio polish.
"Lies" also drags but again has all the elements of punk that your supposed to like punk for. The guitar solo is secretly competent on this number. Someone may have taken lessons on the sly...
Not a huge fan of punk, I went through my Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Sex Pistols phase when I was 14. But then again I grew up in the suburbs where punk was a fashion statement, not a way of life...
The following CD review is used without permission. It was originally printed in the Jam Rag, January 2004.
The Ballistics 13: Scary Dudes.
The Ballistics 13 are real old-school, Radical Records-styled punks in every sense of the slam. The lyrics are honest, with the feel of The Exploited and GBH gurgling through out the CD. On the next production, though, record a live set: The studio just seems to confine theses animals too much. Must catch the moment when the cops are called on the band and the plug is pulled.
These dudes really do scare me.
Actually we had somebody write this about us once on Michigan Bands dot Com. Thanks dude!