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Freshkills
Creeps And Lovers
Arclight Records
www.fresh-kills.com


Did these guys follow me to California last summer? I mean seriously, because every time I stick in Creeps And Lovers I'm reminded of the summer I spent in California working at a couple record labels. Record labels like Nitro Records and Revelation Records, whose roster includes artists like: Shai Hulud, Bullet Train To Vegas and Judge.

Ok, yeah, I know Freshkills is actually from New York, but they still seem to be a perfect fit for the scene in Southern California. This new post-hardcore band has everything you would want: aggressive beats, dark lyrics and a mixture of goth influenced punk (yes, it's possible). Say we throw together a little family reunion in good old SoCal and decide to put on a post-hardcore showcase. From the Revelation side of the family would come - Call Me Lightning, and The Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower, and from the Nitro side would be The Letters Organize. It would probably be a good idea to throw in the third cousin Franz Ferdinand from Epic, to bring in the young kids. Now, you've got Rock, Indie, Punk, Garage, Goth, and Hardcore all coming together in one place/album and it's quite a show.

There's not a second on this album where you can sit down and relax, it just keeps pulsating at you until the very end. Yes it's grim and dark as it should be, yet at the same time has a playful and punk tone to their sound. How they do it, I'm not sure. But this is not an album you can listen to at your parent's house. So hook up the amps and be sure the neighbors aren't home, so you can really blast this stuff.

-Rachel Fredrickson

Track Listing:
1. Creeps And Lovers
2. Future In Publishing
3. Taste Of Metal
4. Hot Ex-Wife Action
5. Is There Enough…
6. If Things Don't Change
7. Live In The City
8. Soda Water
9. Hands Up


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