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This Wisconsin five-piece has been compared by Flipside to no less than Naked Raygun and Effigies, and there is a little here, yes. Rick Fuller's voice reminds somewhat of Raygun's Jeff Pezzati, and the fill-the-room guitar zoom isn't far removed from Pegboy's John Haggerty. That, and there's chops-aplenty (an Effigies trait), for the second time in a row (first LP: '93's Well Oiled Machine). Their heavy, gnarly, whomp timbre has also been compared to Tar and Jesus Lizard; that we don't hear -- these guys are much more in control and methodical about their power sound than those two. But they definitely have a shattered-guitar, post-punk edge, and some big tunes, such as the zipping "Eucher." This utilizes a stinging, nipping melody, a ripping chorus, and banging drumming to match the steely guitar. Woah! Favorite title: "Jack Lambert Attitude," Lambert being the famed '70s Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker. Surprised no one's offered 'em the megabucks label deal.

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