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It took me 8 minutes to listen, so it should 8 minutes to write it too. Or, something. Really that’s just a bad Futurama reference so I can “cleverly” say that this is a short EP with 5 songs total. The song names are on this EP are “I,” “II,” “Weak Week,” “III,” and “IV.” Speaking of clever.

Boilerman are punk rock in the easiest to pinpoint sense. It’s fast, coarse, energetic, and vitriolic with shades of melody that give an anthemic rage. The bass lines have a subtle rumbling aspect of streetpunk and the melodies also pull some 1990’s skatepunk vibes at times, not the popularized Fat Wreck variety but more along the lines of the lower-fi bands of the era that appeared on many of the comps but didn’t get their due. That thought really stands out to me on “Weak Week,” with a different band member on vocals, though I can’t quite figure out who it reminds me of—maybe Alkaline Trio seeing how it's a cover of that band. I guess it's been a while.

Anyway, the other songs with the regular vocalist are rougher and faster and right up my alley. The label also namedrops Screeching Weasel but I don’t see that one, thinking of bands more basement tuned and less produced. The Boilerman self-titled EP is all the best things the genre has to offer: raw, energetic, cathartic, and over so fast you wonder why.

PS Listen to it here.


 


Editor's note: I've been corrected. The band features just one lead vocalist with back-ups from other members.

8.0 / 10Loren
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