Chocolates & Drugs - reviewed

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Whatever they tell you, punk-rock isn't dead. It is here, living and seething as if it never waned. Raging distorted riffage and frantic beat-perfect drumming form a sturdy and riotous backdrop to the snarling lyrics and grooving fuzzy bass. From opener 'Salvador's Theme', the specials-esque twangy guitar and wurlitzer set the scene, moving straight into the melodic but pummeling 'Death Of Me' , owing more to melodic punkers Bad Religion than their hard-edged 70's counterparts. Throughout, there is sufficient momentum despite the oft-changing pace (moments like the funk-heavy dual-melody line in 'Ping-Pong Head' have clearly taken more than a little inspiration from The Clash) to sustain interest and keep the listener guessing. Rawkous but cohesive melodic punk, succinct but sonically fascinating. Brilliant. 

TRACK LISTING

1. Salvador's Theme 3:01
2. Death Of Me (Shot Me Down) 2:55
3. Ed's Place 3:34
4. Tales Of Male Bravado 4:17
5. Anne Boleyn 3:08
6. Peppermint Twist 2:50
7. Pink Pong Head 3:03
8. What About Us? 3:09
9. Alki Lyme 4:11
10. Children Of The Worm 3:24
11. (We Wrote A) Pop Song 3:32
12. Doghouse 2:30