I'm going to be reviewing some old albums in my collection.
I'm starting out with Destroy-Oh-Boy, the 1993 debut album from New Bomb Turks.
Destroy-Oh-Boy! is the kind of full-on flamethrower album that could make the most jaded cynic believe once again in the curative powers of punk rock. On this set, the New Bomb Turks combine 1950s and 1960s roots rock at it's rawest, '70s punk at it's snottiest, and '80s hardcore at it's most intense.
People like to slap a punk label on the band, but I don't see New Bomb as punk rock so much as pure rock and roll with a twist of punk. Kind of like chasing a glass of Jack Daniels with a shot of tequila. And then eating the worm.
Fast, furious and full of high fueled energy, Destroy-Oh-Boy is the kind of music you listen to while imagining yourself doing 150 down a freeway with a beer between your legs and an unfiltered cigarette hanging out of your lips, mountains and exit signs turned to blurs as your hands drum the steering wheel, trying to keep up to the beat.
Or maybe you're in an oil-stained garage that's been cleared out to make just enough room for your friend's band, and there's a dozen people crowded in there stinking like sweat and shitty beer, and the feedback is bouncing off the walls, and the shirtless guys are bouncing off each other, and when you step outside for a smoke you can still feel the concrete shake.