The Applicators

My Weapon

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Garagey punk rockers the Applicators return with their third full-length, a solid piece of old-school punk-pop that strongly recalls now-obscure girl-punk favorites like Legal Weapon, the Pandoras and Nikki & the Corvettes alongside more recent examples like the Eyeliners and Go Betty Go. The 12 songs are uniformly catchy in the scruffy, shout-along fashion of '70s and early '80s punk (think Dictators or early Redd Kross rather than the more pure pop direction of the Undertones or Buzzcocks), with a fondness for slightly metallic guitars to balance the unexpectedly sugary hooks of tunes like "I Need You." With 10 of the 12 songs under three-minute mark, the Applicators have refined their version of the well-worn style into something that's perhaps not particularly unique, but hugely entertaining, and My Weapon is the Texan trio's best album yet.

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