This Swedish quartet have established themselves as one of the hardest rocking punk bands around. In a scene mostly divided between speedy hardcore and melodic punk, 59 Times the Pain have taken a unique stance, creating a sound that's straight-ahead punk rock, but with strong melodies packing plenty of punch. The group's influences are an intriguing mix of late-'70s/early-'80s N.Y. hardcore, the Clash, and the tougher new schoolers like Rancid, Pennywise, et al. But even when they're wearing their influences on their sleeves, the group retain a distinctive sound all their own. The driving "Class Action," for instance, borrows liberally from the Clash's "Capitol Radio," but boasting a fuller sound and vocals that owe nothing to the Brits. Elsewhere they marry NY hardcore to Clashesque harmonies, and at one point even merge the Stooges with the Misfits.
trACks: ROCK THE CITY / CLASSACTION / CALLING THE PUBLIC / WELCOME TO THE 25TH CENTURY / FREEDOM STATION / CASH ON DELIVERY / ROOM WITH A VIEW / DEAD ON A DAY LIKE THIS / UPGRADED SYSTEM / MY LIFE MY CHOICE MY CALL / ADDICTED / THE EMERGENCY.