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While the idea of a "dadaist rock band" might leave some scratching their heads, the guys in Panthers offer a possible description of the term -- that of tightly woven, angular post-hardcore out of Washington, D.C. Their sound most resembles Fugazi, their spiritual, music, and geographic forefathers, surprisingly enough. This is a band about confrontation -- against authority, music, and art in general. MC5 in spirit but Ian MacKaye in sound, if you will. They even print a manifesto of sorts on the liner notes. Plenty of angular, dueling guitars, arrythyms, and shouted/angsty vocals(and tambourine) from Jayson Green. At one point -- the opening of the title track -- the two guitar lines of Justin Chearno and Kip Uhlhorn seemingly trip over each other. That's the majority of the album's sound, but a little diversity is offered up; "Up Against the Wall" is just cranked-up, hyperspeed punk rock. Fun for a listen or to feed to your 16-years-old-and-listening-to-Crass "anti-establishment" younger brother.

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