Ruins The Brad White EP

I have to admit it, I was prepared to really not like this. With song titles like "Lockdown," "Ain't That Some Shit" and a band photo featuring white guys in baseball hats, one of whom is swilling from a 40 oz. bottle, I figured I was in for some Limp Bizkit wannabes crying about how the security guard at the mall was bringing them down. Actually, this is quite good ska punk that sounds like a more polished version of Operation Ivy with some metal licks sprinkled throughout. Their sound is informed by Jamaican ska as much as it is by two-tone and the result works in their favour. (East End)