Sonic Snake Session

Agent Orange

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Sonic Snake Session Review

by Al Campbell

Agent Orange was originally a surf-punk trio from Fullerton, CA. Formed in the midst of the early-'80s skatepunk fad, their earliest songs, like "Bloodstains," had one foot in hardcore and the other in melodic pop. Sonic Snake Session is a two-CD retrospective that reissues their output for Enigma/Restless Records from the mid- to late '80s, This Is the Voice, Real Live Sound, and When You Least Expect It. By the time of these recordings, Agent Orange had completely embraced a poppier approach to punk that had more in common with the Last than any West Coast hardcore band. "Fire in the Rain" still sounds like it has hit potential!

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