Review: North Side Kings

North Side Kings "“This Thing of Ours”" (Thorp Records) I live in Arizona and I have to tell you, there are some killer bands over here.  I actually play in the Tucson music scene so I get to see and...

Review: Dead Serious

Dead Serious "It's What You Can't See" (Thorp Records) This CD is bright pink.  Seriously, like retina burning pink.  Dead Serious is punk as a one-eared dog and "It's What You Can't See" is a great...

Review: Clenched Fist

Clenched Fist "“Welcome to Memphis”" (Thorp Records) Fisting Clint, I mean Clenched Fist’s “Welcome to Memphis” is a prime example of hardcore anger colliding with idiocy.  “Juicy” Joel’s vocals...

Review: The Young and the Useless

The Young and the Useless "Self-Titled" (Thorp Records) I went down to LA last weekend.  I was hoping I'd run into Kelli Skye, but I'm not even sure if she lives in LA, so I had to admit my chances of...

Review: The Boils

The Boils "The Ripping Waters EP" (Thorp Records) Karl Marx would have liked The Boils. Their anthems of rising up against the bourgeoisie will have every kid in plaid pants and spiked bracelets singing...

Review: The Natchez Shakers

The Natchez Shakers "Shaker Hymns:  Sacred Songs No. 2" (Thorp Records) The nine-piece Natchez Shakers orchestrate an album along the lines of a multi-musical sing along type of rock and roll.  Some...

Review: Final Plan / My Luck

Final Plan / My Luck "“Closed Casket Secrets”" (Thorp Records) Thorp Records presents two ferocious hardcore bands that absolutely punish my ears.  Final Plan is one of those extremely heavy bands with...

Review: North Side Kings

North Side Kings "A Family Affair" (Thorp Records) This is typical boneheaded hardcore written by the simple minded for the simple minded.  Musically, it is adept, but writing passable hardcore songs is...

Review: How It Ends

How It Ends "So Shall It Be" (Thorp Records) How It Ends plays conservatively mid-tempo, heavy death metal with a touch of crunch and a lot of groove.  The vocals are easy to swallow, stick the mic in...

Review: Awkward Thought

Awkward Thought "Ruin a Good Time" (Thorp Records) Up-tempo hardcore in a metal vein, cut open and pumping sticky little ditties all over the walls.  Guitars solo, back up singers go "whoah-oh-whoah-oh,"...