Friday, October 10, 2008

Smogtown - Tales of Gross Pollution: Early Recordings 1995-1996

Only released after Smogtown split up following the release of the band's second album, 2001's Domesticviolenceland, Tales of Gross Pollution 1995-1996 gathers all of Smogtown's early demos -- which, it turns out, sound pretty much exactly like the finished tracks on the two later albums. There's little that's particularly original about Smogtown; if the band had been around in 1980, Greg Ginn would have signed them to SST Records in a heartbeat. These 19 songs are brief (two-thirds under the two-minute mark) blurts of skate punk powered by shout-along choruses and some memorable guitar riffs. Singer Chavez has the yobbish charm of Black Flag's Dez Cadena or the Circle Jerks' Keith Morris, although here he offers considerably less personality than either. Basically, Tales of Gross Pollution 1995-1996 sounds exactly like what it is: the skeletal early recordings of a band that never did much with its potential but was sloppily entertaining while it lasted.
~ by Stewart Mason, Allmusic

Tracks
.. cheap american bruise
.. no more waves
.. that's the difference
.. police of the world
.. gravity
.. neighborhood bart
.. berlin girls
.. disaster channel
.. friday night
.. sex
.. tina's guns
.. gunna buy a gun
.. nobody cares
.. blue murder
.. no school
.. riot time
.. suicide
.. my only mistake

Details
.. Year: 2003
.. Label: Disaster Records
.. Country: U.S.A.
.. Bitrate: 320 kbps
.. BUY ME: www.myspace.com/smogtown
.. Home-Page: www.myspace.com/smogtown

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