CEMENT SHOES - A Love Story Of Drugs & Rock & Roll & Drugs 7"
- Label: Drunken Sailor
- Catalog Number: Drunkensailor
- Availability: Out Of Stock
"There’s a parallel universe out there somewhere, one where Poison
Idea’s ‘Pick Your King’, Gang Green’s ‘Sold Out’ and Negative Approach’s
‘Tied Down’ are sacred texts and all art is merely an attempt to bow
down and pay tribute to their holy genius. In this universe, Richmond,
VA’s Cement Shoes will be truly worshipped as the heroes they deserve to
be - this triple shot of hits is a perfect piece of punk in that
‘Smashed on Glass’ opens with a gloriously farty synth replicating the
Universal Pictures movie fanfare, setting us up perfectly for the
scraped-knuckle joy to follow. It’s a two-minute thrill ride of
high-speed aggression, bludgeoning guitars and vocals that sound like
singer Trevor’s larynx has been wrapped up in barbed wire, crushed with a
steam roller and then coaxed back to life by vigorous brushing with
wire wool. You know, all that fun stuff.
It’s followed by the brilliantly titled ‘Knocked Into The Reptile
Enclosure’, which continues their sonic assault with gusto as Trev roars
into life with a ‘bababababa’ that sounds like The Trashmen falling
into a vat of toxic waste - perfect for hollering back from beerdrunk
moshpits, or simply for turning up to maximum volume, annihilating all
goodwill with your neighbours and earning
yourself a tidy warning from The Man. But fuck that guy. By comparison,
‘Going off the Grid’ is more restrained, but it’s still wild as all
hell, pulsating with menace and invention as guitarist Brandon leads the
band down a series of dark roads, seemingly blind alleys and secret
escape routes. It might just be the best song of the set, but shhh!
Don’t tell the others.
The record is subtitled ‘A love story of drugs & rock & roll
& drugs’, which sounds straightforward enough. If you can pierce
through the rollicking scree to find that story, you’ll be screaming
along at the walls for the rest of time. Either way, this is a great
piece of old skool hardcore - perfect for honing that tinnitus you’ve
been working on all these years."
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