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Drunk on Rock, Vol. 1

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Drunk on Rock is the debut release from tiny Detroit imprint I-94, but that doesn't stop its compilers from squeezing as much craziness as possible onto the disc. It's 26 tracks of pure punk revivalism and hard rock mayhem, broken by the occasional nod to an alternate genre (power pop takes a stand on Dead Flower Boom's "Shades of Grey"). Highlights include the Murder City Wrecks' "Buried Alive," Chinese Millionaires' scathing "International Woman," and the raw, wiry rip of "Only Down for Myself," from Austin's Bulemics. While Nashville Pussy, Candy Snatchers, and even the Trash Brats have some name recognition, much of Drunk on Rock borders on unknown territory. No matter -- there's no new ground being broken, but the trail traveled here is familiar, and chances are it smells like a bar. Drunk is a sloppy, sleazy mess that rarely stumbles and always rocks, and marks a solid debut for I-94.

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