Neighborhood Brats ‎– Claw Marks LP

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Dirt Cult Records (DC-126)

11 track Black Vinyl LP

Neighborhood Brats return with their second full length record, and let’s just start by saying it’s a scorcher. The band plays a brand of punk that, had they existed in 1977, would have been right at home on Dangerhouse Records alongside the Bags and the Avengers. That said, Claw Marks might just be the first Neighborhood Brats records that truly captures the urgency and energy of the band’s chaotic live show. The record finds the band at the top of their game in terms of songwriting, musicianship, and lyricism. So much so that lead singer Jenny Angelillo says that there are several songs on the album that could easily be her epitaph.

Claw Marks is an upbeat but beaten down soundtrack to the dystopian nightmare we find ourselves living in. When the band sings “It’s time to check out / We’re being left out” it sounds like a mantra for our time, while the album closes with Jenny singing “Dance with me / Bones, blood, And teeth / Dance with me / Into the Void” over a reverb drenched guitar line provided by the band’s other core member, George Rager, that sounds like it was lifted out of some post-apocalyptic western. It’s all so fucking perfect.

A1 Dear Angelo
A2 Dumpster Values
A3 Late Stage Capitalism
A4 Night Shift
A5 Comfort Women
A6 Misery Parade
B1 Searcher
B2 One Way Friends
B3 Nina's Ghost
B4 Down 3rd
B5 Touching The Void

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