Pegboy / Kepone


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While it is high time Pegboy gave listeners a new LP to follow up 1994's Earwig, the blasting Chicago quartet always delivers the goods on singles and EPs, and Dangermare is far from an exception. Still mining that Naked Raygun wall-of-guitar punk sound associated with guitarist John Haggerty and bassist Pierre Kezdy's former group, it could even be argued that Pegboy is at its best in such edited formats, always insisting on a classic riff and melody destined to truly shine in small doses, without being surrounded by similar-sounding material like on the band's otherwise fine LPs. This is a typical killer! Kepone is more the screeching, noisy, rhythmic post-punk variety that has dominated Chicago since the city's mid-'80s punk bands' demise, but it insists on a hot chorus hook and a well-played, malicious menace that makes the group just as hot and attractive as Pegboy.