F13

You Should Enjoy Getting Screamed At

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On a few of the songs, such as "Walk," "Swear to God," "Searching," and "Our Love," you're thinking, "Here's something new." There have been mixes of punk and blues (later Henry Rollins-era Black Flag, Supersuckers, Nashville Pussy, and today's Fat Possum label bands), but these guys sound both a little inebriated and possibly dangerous. Actually, however, the majority of the LP is snarling and bullying punk, sounding a lot like the time when the Damned were obsessing on (and covering) the Stooges. Slade Shealy is a hot drummer in the Rat Scabies mold, deft and talented pummel guitarist Thomas Crouch could match Generation X's hot Derwood Andrews, and growly vocalist Bryan Biggart is one part Misfits' Glenn Danzig (he croons, Elvis-like, that way), one part Dead Boys' Stiv Bators, and some more Black Flag's third singer, Dez Cadena. I was wondering how F13 could sound so accomplished and yet I'd never heard of them, until I learned that this is just their first LP, in their 12th year of existence. Well, folks, there are too many bands recording LPs way too early in their career, but that's what I call an extended apprenticeship! These Columbia, SC, louts should kick Hootie's ass across the state line into Georgia, because they've got to be the most outrageous, loud, exciting, and crazy punk rock that state has ever heard. (P.O. Box 1356, Folly Beach, SC 29439)