Monday, October 3, 2011

The Hangmen - "Lost Rocks - The Best Of" CD

Raw and honest garage/roots punk from Los Angeles, these guys (and girl) have all the rock swagger and snarl of the greats. There's some Stooges, some Stones, some punk, Johnny get the picture. "Bent" is a junkies lament, with a good amount of Americana thrown in for good measure. This is top-tier, high-octane rock. Some tracks are produced by Mike Ness (of Social Distortion), so you know the pedigree must be good, and fans of Social D will easily appreciate these gritty and streetwise songs. "Desperation Town" is nothing but a classic rock song you don't yet know. Ditto for "Wild Beast". "Rotten Sunday" carries a massive guitar riff that's as ugly as the Stooges and that's a great thing in itself. If you're looking for balls-out rock without pretension, this is it. All hail the Hangmen! (Acetate Records)


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