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The musical equivalent of your Primark produced Ramones T shirt, Howler are ‘snotty’, ‘brattish’ punks from Minneapolis, seemingly the figment of the imagination of some middle aged ex- punk record executive.
Surprisingly, opener ‘Al’s Corral’ isn’t too bad….if you ignore the vocals which sound like someones been beating the singer with a Joey Ramone stick. It all goes wrong on ‘Drip’ which charges along nicely enough but is full of so many lyrical cliche’s that its hard to take seriously. Similarly, ‘Don’t Wanna’ has the kind of chord progression that suggests in another life it could have been a decent enough Replacements song. However, they’ve got Beavis and Butthead to sing over it, and they lack the subtlety and ingenuity of Westerberg and his boys. Strangely, in the song they sing ‘don’t want to’ but its been changed to ‘don’t wanna’ on the sleeve. Its more y’know punk yeah? Take that Grandad.
And on it goes. Musically there’s a few bits and bats here and there I’m quite enjoying, once again showing that the dividing line between good and shit is frighteningly close. But overall its even worse than the sum of its parts. The fact that its released on the label that once gave us Scritti Politti, The Red Krayola and The Raincoats is just another reason to go home and weep.
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