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Boston Scene Report

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Boston Scene Report is a rousing and muscular comp from longstanding punk imprint TKO. It's the first installment of a planned city-by-city scene survey, and proves to be a formidable opening act. The set features two songs each from Suspect Device, Tommy and the Terrors, the A-Team, and Fast Actin Fuses, all four strong entries in the thriving Boston-area punk scene. If Device's material is the most melodic here (especially the searing street punk of the Dropkick Murphys-ish opener "Life We Lead"), that doesn't mean the Terrors' hardcore screed "Out Tonight," or the A-Team's two scabrous blasts are any less affecting. Go ahead, try saying something disparaging about the Team during their furious cover of Motörhead's "Iron Fist." The Fuses close out the festivities by mixing some shards of metal into their inflamed punk wound -- their "Feel the Haight" sort of sounds like Guns N' Roses' "Nighttrain" if you squint or drink too much. Scene Report is too brief -- TKO might want to expand the play list to three, instead of two songs per band. But its brevity doesn't dull its ferocity.

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