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Queens, NY crew The Straphangers play a straight-up barrage of pissed off hardcore punk that explodes from the opening see-saw riff of 1. Strong back-up vocals and a distinct female frontwoman intertwine well here, as the tradeoffs are crisp and memorable, especially on 2. While the raw production holds a special charm, the undeniable metallic punch the twin guitars hold while maintaining the punk spirit would totally benefit with a beefed up studio session. Nonetheless, this four-track presentation showcases a band whose vitriolic angst-ridden tirades and circle-pit inspiring chaotic catchiness may garnish them both crossover appeal and immediate underground recognition. If you dig F-Minus, Biohazard, and Blood for Blood, you'll enjoy The Straphangers brand of real deal punk.
- Mike SOS