Skull Kontrol


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Skull Kontrol may have a fairly simplistic rhythm section, but they are the equivalent of a wrecking ball heading straight for the nearest store that peddles bubblegum pop music. Their songs are created a little differently than a regular three-chord punk band. Take, for instance, the single-note guitar lines of Andy Coronado. On a song such as "False Ceilings," he produces a heated fury that could singe the eyebrows off Groucho Marx. Space within the tracks gives room for the instrumental portions, allowing the songs to breathe. The tempo shifts, tightness, and sheer volume of the group make for a fresh slant on the tired genre of punk, which is dominated by too many candy-coated, green-haired posers. Skull Kontrol's the real deal.

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