Riptides California Reamin'

After only a few months, these Ottawa monsters return with another full-length, but this time around they've cranked things up a bit. Although the Ramones/Screeching Weasel influence peppered with surf rock is still strong, they've added a harder edge on a few of the songs that incorporates a Meatmen/Dwarves sound. A goofy sense of shlocky humour rounds this out with tunes like "I'm In Love With A Jehovah's Witness," "You're Fuckin' Ugly" and "Gimme Gimme Your Brains." The uptight among you may not appreciate a band like the Riptides, but they probably wouldn't care. (Independent)