Western Addiction Cognicide

These guys love Black Flag’s Damage, and there is nothing wrong with that. Drawing most of their influence from the SST back catalogue, Western Addiction play fast, loud punk rock that relies on simplicity and intensity to make its point. At their best on tracks like album closer "Animals and Children,” the group offer a sense of hope in their aggression-drenched sound. Some tracks here delve into pure hardcore territory, channelling Minor Threat on songs like "It’s Funny, I Don’t Feel Like A Winner,” while some, such as "When A Good Friend Attacks,” play with the slightly more intricate guitar work of post-hardcore era bands like Hüsker Dü. Still, the band’s animalistic vocal style of barking out their words, a la Angry Samoans, marks them as the product of a very specific time and place. (Fat Wreck)