Fallout What Is Past Is Prologue

Album number five for this Toronto punk rock three-piece comes hot on the heels of their great 2004 release, Turning Revolution Into Money. This time out they seem to have gone for a somewhat purposely less polished but no less powerful sound and, if anything, these 14 songs are even snottier and snappier than before. Drawing their inspiration, both musically and lyrically, from the likes of the Clash, Stiff Little Fingers and D.O.A., the Fallout definitely hold their own, dishing out some real rebel music. Their catchy-as-hell, sing-along, three-chord punk rock packs a definite punch and is coupled with well-crafted and well-articulated, socially-conscious lyrics that crackle with heartfelt anger and urgency. These cats are kind of like a street-punk version of Woody Guthrie. Highly recommended. (LongShot)