Turbo A.C.'s Kill Everyone

Turbo A.C.'s Kill Everyone
Greasy and sleazy, loud and lewd, NYC's longest-running punk rock'n'roll brigade, the Turbo A.C.'s, don't have a name for themselves so much as a legacy. Fast approaching their second decade, they've survived trends and established their own sound, style and onslaught. The trouble with that? Keeping fresh material as feisty, vicious and dominating as past work. At that, the battle known as Kill Everyone isn't exactly winning the war. While many of the album's 17 tracks display a fine penchant for crafty, dynamic tunes, the quartet are also mired in some sort of pop-influenced halftime wallow. Many songs feel more like the mid-tempo radio-friendliness Greig Nori would produce rather than that which helped define classic punk labels such as Nitro and Gearhead. Picking up the pace during the second portion via barnstormers "Ancient Chinese Secret" and "Live Fast Die Slow," there are some wonderfully redeeming bouts of testosterone, but not enough for an act of this calibre. Growth and variation are positives, but Kill Everyone is a cautious step out of the band's comfort zone in hopes of appealing to a different demographic. Here's hoping it works just enough to draw everyone ― A.C.'s included ― back to their ravaging world of double-time beats, searing riffs and snotty vocals. (Stomp)