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With so many bands claiming to be representing a return to old school punk, it's nice to know that some of them are actually doing a reasonable job of it. Although only two years old, the Boston-based quintet has managed to recapture the sound and spirit of the imported British punk sound of the early '80s. Their 14-track debut, which follows the release late last year of a self-titled EP, rocks with musical and lyrical intensity and sincerity. Although not terribly diverse in what it has to offer, it's executed with the right doses of passion and piss and vinegar to keep it from sounding tired or clichéd. (Jade Tree)