Space Madness

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Like a cross between the Misfits and Bis, Skatey-Eight makes a charming blend of hardcore punk. Despite what most punk bands seem to believe in 2002, clear production often robs this genre of its edge. That is why Space Madness is as good as it is, because the guitars are sludgy and thick and the lyrics are hopelessly unintelligible. The band does have some charismatic vocalists; guitarist Anne Heathen has a youthful wail similar to vintage Kathleen Hanna, while bassist Michael Hovnanian alternates between Glen Danzig's dramatic moan and Tim Armstrong's tuneless mumbles. The band has a strong sense of variety, mixing in many of the different aspects of the genre for a strong blend. But this also blows up in their face too, most notably on the appropriately named "Tired." Still, this album is rough around the edges and short, a combination that almost always wins in punk music.

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