Why Neighborhood Brats are currently one of the best no-qualifier, no-additional-adjectives-needed punk bands on the West Coast? Because they got this raw melodies. Buzzy, bucking guitar work. Rampart-and-heartbeat strong bass. Forced marching to bad places drumming. Post-apocalyptic beach party music. Live, they pantsed a room full of unsuspecting Awesome Festers. Its like watching an above-ground nuclear testing documentary. Rad. If you're into classic female-fronted hardcore punk, you're gonna go apeshit for Neighborhood Brats! Jenny Angelillo (ex Orphans) and George Rager (Roofie and the Nightstalker) teamed up with Jasmine Watson and Kirk Podell (Neo Cons) late last year to form this fearsome foursome, and already the band's go on their first Europe Tour and of course ETT is doing a tour EP for them! Some lineup changes can't stop these brats.
Angelillo's voice certainly has that Penelope Houston/Avengers quality and provides the band with vocals that are reminiscent of the whole Dangerhouse era, whilst fronting a band that pile drives ahead with some top notch, catchy punk rock'n'roll which also seems to have an Avengers quality to it, albeit with a much beefier sound than their predecessors. The result is that this is a blast from start to finish, something to enjoy without having to think too much about what you listening to as it's just got that sort of feel to it. Neighborhood Brats basically do a smash 'n' grab job on my ears, although it's one that they are welcome back to repeat over and over. Don't expect anything highbrow in respect of the lyrics; in fact, despite how much I really enjoy the vocals, it's not conveying an earth shattering message. Once again, it's just a fun release with all the songs not overstaying their welcome, even with frequent plays. And by the way, it's a great new ep! This is instantly timeless California punk. You could have dropped the needle on this record in the late 70s or early 80s or in 2012 and the result would be the same. This kills. Female vocals, furious energy, leather jacket clad, snotty punk rock. You want more? Here is more! Just out for the first Europe Tour!
300 are made - Clear Vinyl ( Limited Europe Tour 7" )