Darkbuster "A Weakness for Spirits"

Joined for a few tracks by Dicky Barrett of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Ken Casey of Dropkick Murphys, Darkbuster sound like a logical mix of the Bosstones’ more-core-less-ska songs, and the Murphys strongest moments of straight-ahead punk rock. Fast and gritty, songs about women and whiskey dominate the record, with tracks like "Try to Make it Right” offering up the band at their most sensitive. However, their main concern generally seems to be kicking things out in the same vein as the Clash, offering hints of ska on "Rudy” and equal amounts of piss and vigor with "Give up Dope.” A solid choice for anyone looking for some solid punk rock. (Minimize/Forced Exposure)