The mid west is producing some great punk rock these days.
Dear Landlord and Chinese Telephones are definitely among the best of the
bands doing their thing in middle America. Illinois' Dear Landlord picks up
where Rivethead left off a few years ago, which makes sense being that two
ex members make up half of the band. The other half is made up of two
current members of The Copyrights. With those two bands coming together you
simply cannot go wrong. Doubled up gruff vocalists, urgent lyrics, stop-n-go
driving rhythms and some slick guitar riffage make for some awesome tunes.
Wisconsin's Chinese Telephones are winning over fans from all genres of punk
rock. Their music is hard to nail down to a certain style or sound. A
big part of what separates them from the rest of the pack is their heartfelt
lyrics delivered with an almost desperate vocal need to be heard. The music
itself is quite unique is its own right - almost non-stop guitar riffs
throughout each song from start to finish really bring something fresh to
every second of every song these guys put out. This record was co-released
with the fine folks over at Recess Records - by far one of the best
independent punk rock labels the world over.