Saturday 24 June 2023

The Side Eyes - False World / Nothing to See (Guest Review By Ralph J Rivera)

  Okay I KNEW the new The Side Eyes album was gonna be great but "What's Your Problem?" Is Next Level GREAT! After their amazing debut album in 2017 ( I had this band on my radar for a very good reason. And that reason is Astrid McDonald! The daughter of 2 Rock Icons - Steve McDonald of Redd Kross and Charlotte Caffey of The Go-Go's!!! With that pedigree she was destined to be involved in music.

   And she chose Punk Rock! One of my favorite records they did was a split 45 with Redd Kross and each band covered a song by "The Eyes", Charlotte's first Punk band that were regulars at the legendary "Masque" club in L.A. BUT back to "What's Your Problem?". Released on June 23rd by "In The Red Records" ( this is 12 songs of Modern Day California Punk/Hardcore! Every tune rages with that West Coast full throttle sound but they also mix in JUST the right amount of Hardcore breakdowns. I'll credit that to the New Jersey transplants the Devine brothers Kevin & Chris. Relentlessly heavy guitar riffs and a rhythm section that knows just when to slow it down. Add in the fact that Astrid has now grown into the "front woman" role as one of the best in Punk/Hardcore.

  This album will literally melt your face right off your body! Hands down my pick for "Punk Album Of The Year"!!! You can listen here :

  Here's a really cool video of them doing TWO songs off the new record - "False World" + "Nothing To See"...

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