Signal Lost

Children of the Wasteland

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In the mid-'80s, British music writers coined the term "Amerindie" to denote bands that clearly had their roots in hardcore punk but had mutated their sound enough that the narrow definition no longer applied: Naked Raygun, Camper Van Beethoven, Squirrel Bait, Fugazi, and so on. A couple of decades late, Signal Lost's debut album slots neatly into that general musical description, filled with alternately strident and heartfelt female vocals, Hüsker Dü-style trebly guitar lines and a chunky, occasionally sloppy rhythm section that's often too prominent in the final mix. Excellently named guitarist/songwriter Stan Your Ground (formerly of Deathreat and Balance of Terror) has seemingly also picked up some influences from the first wave of U.K. punk bands as well; the opening "Le Progres de la Maladie" has an apocalyptic, careening feel similar to X-Ray Spex's "The Day the World Turned Day-Glo." Not yet strong enough to escape the shadow of their influences, Children of the Wasteland is nonetheless more than promising.

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