Duane Peters

Wayward Bantams

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This isn't a very interesting punk record, but give it this much credit: It's much more varied than what Peters was singing live in 2001 with U.S. Bombs, as heard on another Disaster release, U.S. Bombs' Lost in America/Live. In fact, the material's on a higher enough level that it's initially hard to believe that Peters figures so strongly in both groups, though his coarse vocals are as hard to decipher here as ever. That's where the printed lyrics come in handy, clueing us in on Peters and Rob Milucky's sour and jaded takes on skateboarding, surfing, Osama bin Laden (don't let it be said that these guys lose sight of the big picture), and domestic squabbling ("Forever After," with guest duet vocals by Texas Terri). The arrangements are basic early British punk-inspired spew (they even do Joe Strummer's "Trash City"), inserting some ominous chord changes that make it deviate from total predictability. "Dog Bowl Love" even has a hint of cowpunk (some wag puts the word "ballad" on top of the scribbled lyrics on the inset). Actually, there's a high-spiritedness to the execution that's a little at odds with the grim worldviews of the lyrics, though not so much that it creates an intriguing tension.

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