Detournement Screaming Response

Screaming Response is all over the map. Songs like opener "Focus… Explosion!" sound like a faster Pissed Jeans, while "2 of 8" could have come out in 1983. "Men and Maggots" sounds like a Rancid song, while "Stranglehold U.S.A." sounds like the U.S. Bombs. The eclectic nature of the eight songs on this record manages to grab your attention and as such it makes for a pretty solid introduction to this punk rock super-group (made up of members of Lifetime, Bigwig, Ensign, Plan A Project and Worthless United). More than anything, it's the rhythm section that anchors the band, especially on "No Estan Solos," a song about the plight of the Zapatistas in Mexico. A little more direction might work in these guys' favour in the future, but it's nice to know that whatever direction they chose to take from here they're more than capable of pulling off. (Chunksaah)