Ready the Destroyer

Division and Distance

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This Chicago band is now a duo, with star guitarist/singer Neill Miller handling studio bass after the departure of Aaron Cleall. Unlike punk acts whose look and sound are tailored for Warped tours, Miller still rocks a supercool afro in the Oscar Gamble-era style, and there's nil sign of punk uniform in drummer Nicolas Lama. Likewise, the multiracial band busts a unique rock & roll punk attack with Miller's also bad-ass, advanced, Greg Sage-like, speakers-filling riffing dominating another command performance. His songs, such as the riotous Wipers-esque standouts "Disconnected," "So Long," and "Perfect Blues," his committed vocals, and the pair's focused, hard 'n' heavy playing makes Division and Distance another hot half-hour -- by two men smart enough to avoid the usual pitfalls.

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