Automatic 7 Beggar's Life

Having survived a treacherous expedition into the world of major labels, A-7 return angrier and more determined than ever. After the 1995 release of their self-titled debut, and thanks in no small part to the explosion of melodic aggressive music, the band found itself in the grips of A&M Records, a relationship that did not end well when it was proven that not all indie punk bands are million sellers. Now pared down to a trio, the band is back in the indie world and ready to rock. Their Social Distortion-fuelled brand of SoCal pop punk can be heard in spades on this record's ten tracks. John Hulett's throaty growl recalls the vocal style of a young Mike Ness, while the band's energetic music gives him a place to wail his tormented lyrics with full effect. (Vagrant)