Breaking Circus

The Very Long Fuse

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Steve Bjorklund's bojos sport a few ex-Man Sized Action types, and this is big, beefy, snarling, and right on, a great post-punk update on what his old, ripping, original Chicago punk rock band Strike Under used to do (see that band's EP, the first-ever Wax Trax! label release, and their inclusion on the seminal Busted at Oz live compilation from the city's early scene). The curiosity is that it's so danceable. Good lyrics are a plus, too. This is clearly one of the best of 1985's new bands, and with sleeve art by Steve Albini from Big Black, you have yourself an all-around great first outing right here.

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