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Music Review: Antiseptic – Skate-Punk-Drunk-Core

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There's something completely irresistible about live music venues. The smell of stale beer, old smoke, and hormones might not seem enticing to those unfamiliar to it, but donning your jeans and sneakers and stepping into the realm of those who sleep until noon is quite something.

Of course, it is the curse of Cinderellas everywhere to go home at midnight (or three in the morning) and kick off the glass slippers. You might have an album to hold on to, but it somehow fails to capture the magic of a sweaty man clutching a guitar or a drummer pounding the set furiously and pulling faces – the universal curse of the drummer.

Skate-Punk-Drunk-Core by Indonesian band Antiseptic manages somehow to capture the essence of a live gig. From the very first track the listener is transported to the dark alleys of Indonesia, making it the perfect album to pass dreary days in the clutches of the corporate monster.

The songs are short bursts of fury and fun in English and Indonesian. Drummer Rendi casts a spell in the first track and manages to keep up an impossible level of energy throughout the album. The key to the success of every punk band, in my humble opinion, is the bassist. Antiseptic's Josi builds on the basics of traditional punk bass to produce intriguing and strong bass riffs the rest of the band can build on comfortably.

In terms of production the album leaves a little to be desired. There's a certain fuzziness (for lack of a better word) that will keep the album in alleys. However, judging by the cover art, the track names, the band's MySpace bio and the level of unadulterated anger in each of the tracks, I suspect this band is quite comfortable in the backstreets.

If you enjoy hardcore punk for the sake of the dirty, sweaty, sexiness of it, this album is for you.

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  • Greg Barbrick

    Nice review Kristia. You captured what these guys are all about perfectly. Hoping to see more of your work here on BC.

    Greg