The Takers

Never Get Out of These Blues Alive

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Nonstop harsh garage punk is the order of the day on this five-song debut EP. It's not hardcore punk; there are too many swampy riffs involved that echo the likes of the Cramps and the Stooges. It's not garage; there's not enough melody. What dominates the sound are the vocals of Mike Carreiro, delivered in a hoarse rage that suggests he's reaching his limit with just shouting and complaining, and about to take a hammer or something worse in his hands to enact some serious damage. "I know I won't crash safely this time," he warns, repeatedly, in "Crash Safely"; fine, just stay clear of our lane when you share the highway, will you? His tone is so unceasingly unpleasant and half-hysterical that it wears out its welcome even on a five-song taster.

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