Red Aunts

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The back cover of the CD proudly proclaims "14 songs, 23 minutes." The Red Aunts' first album for Epitaph Records, true to the punk ethic of this record label, runs like a Ramones record. Once one song is over, another one starts, with the same manic energy of its predecessor. Alienation seems to be a theme on the album, particularly songs like "Krush" and "Hate" (which contains the lyric "I hate everyone but you"). But instead of being angry, the music seems celebratory (particularly "Mota" and the opening track, "Freakathon," which is their standard). Even though the songs seem like blueprint punk, slide guitars and unexpected changes keep the songs from being predictable, which is often a problem with much of the music on the Epitaph label.

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