Gamma Men

Let's Make 'Em Shake

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Another tough-sounding, rockin' punk record from this veteran San Diego group of renegades. While others either grunge it up or go kiddie-core pop-punk, the Gamma Men nicely revel in an obsession with all things hard, nasty, and banging, betraying once again a decidedly Australian influence (a country that updated Detroit's '60s mega-heavy sound of the Stooges and MC5). A cover of the Nomads' "Surfin' in the Bars" pumps, and the only thing missing is their second Saints cover, a version of the blistering 1977 classic "One Way Street" recorded for the (second) Saints tribute LP. As for the originals, "Bad Chemistry" is just one smacker here worth investigating.