Ratchets Heart of Town

With six tracks that sound like they very well could have been pulled from a long-lost London Calling session, Heart of Town isn’t quite the Clash, but it tries pretty damn hard to be, and comes off sounding great in the process. While no band could ever hope to live up to "the only band that matters,” the Ratchets pay their respects by playing their hearts out over a collection of punk, rockabilly, and reggae-influenced songs that are at their best when they kick into high gear, which they all inevitably do by their rousing finale. While it could be said that the band play it a little too safe with their influences on their sleeves, drum kits, and guitars, when the results sound this fun, that just might not matter. (Hell Bent)