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Daycare Swindlers
(Vile Beat)


The Daycare Swindlers are five men obviously in love with porn. From the sleezy cover to the track named after a porn star to the "thank yous" in the cover---porn is king with these guys. "What about their sound?" you may ask. Well, what do you think? I think there is a hearty southern California punk element here (no matter where they're from) and a thorough understanding of the material.

Okay, enough jackin' around (so to speak.) As usual, and as well it should, the first song sets the agenda. "15 Minutes" is a punk song in the classic tradition. It's simple, and Noodle does his best to reflect some sort of social commentary. The social commentary, though, is the total wish to get your Warholian 15 minutes of fame. In the kitch department, "Spy vs. Spy" should fill your desires. They give their punk motif the classic spy feel at the onset-although they steer clear of the whole "ska-punk" mentality. They do add a touch of that ska-punk feel at times. "31st and M" is a prime example of that mentality. The verse passages are structured in that classic Reel Big Fish/Buck O Nine style. There's that stout beat and the herky-jerky makes you wanna skank rhythm. The dub feel remains for the following "The East Side" a commentary about hookin', STDs and drug use. Don't forget the outward ode to masturbation (and porn,) "Jenna Jameson." How many more rock bands will tow the porn line? Overall, this is all standard punk rock fare-lots of simple progressions and bombastic tempos augmented by rapid-fire lyrics that are sung and not shouted. Yep, maybe the ghost of classic punk does live on. Thumbs up to the classic instrumental sounds of "She Devil Stomp." It's a classic blast from the surf instrumental past given the modern treatment.

Look past the juvenile cover and a few juvenile tunes and you've got a classic punk record. No, it's not incredibly fresh or inventive by any means, but the record does one thing well-it translates the classic SoCal punk style to the "modern era." Sure it ain't anything you've never heard before, but it is a solid exercise in classic punk rock. Sure, you've heard shit like it before, but it's always refreshing to hear some band pull it off without making a laughing stock of themselves, and all silliness aside, the Daycare Swindlers do just that.

-tom topkoff

Track Listing:
1. 15 Minutes
2. Spy Vs. Spy
3. Dirt Nap
4. Captivity
5. She Devil Stomp
6. 31st & M
7. The East Side
8. Jenna Jameson
9. Stomp Song
10. Too Late
11. Donkey Punch
12. Corrections Officer
13. Stranger Than Fiction
14. Egg's Revenge
15. 1/3 Hate
16. American Fist
17. Little Pussy
18. Deconstruction
19. A.H.W.


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