Deep Sleep Three Things At Once

Another smart move from a disgustingly catchy punk outfit, Three Things At Once finds Baltimore Descendents freaks Deep Sleep pulling their first three seven-inch releases into a single 21-track CD. So while those in the know will be somewhat disappointed that there's actually nothing new here at least it's now in digital form. For the uninitiated, Deep Sleep enjoy uniting the poppy passive aggression of Descendents with Black Flag's borderline cacophonous guitar passages and wonky guitar fills. Now imagine Adolescents delivering all of that, but with a bit of a snotty undertone. It's the kind of stuff you want to hate and instantly dismiss as an uninventive regurgitation but when tracks such as "On A Slab," "I'm On Top" and "Checkout" rip along they become like smoking: you're hooked before you know it. Unlike lung darts though, Three Things At Once actually gives you more of a reason to live. (Grave Mistake)