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Uptown Riot - Light Up The Jockstraps CD REVIEW

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UPTOWN RIOT – Light up the Jockstraps
Independent

Uptown Riot is a badass street punk band from the mean streets (not really) of Vancouver. They sing songs about getting drunk, being broke, and not letting the man get you down. Yes, all the major basis are covered. The band has some real charisma with everyone cashing in on vocal duties, even Toothless Dave the wildman drummer, known for occasionally playing shows in a hockey helmet, jockstrap and nothing but. Paymon the Barber on guitars fires from all different angles from the hardcore ‘0% Down’ the punk drenched ‘Big Boss Man’, the melodic ‘Anarchy Train’, and even a mean ska breakdown on the lively ‘Head Up High’. Conrad on the bass rounds out the trio’s lineup and he throws out some of the most solid bass playing I’ve heard on a punk rock record in a long time. It’s easy to tell that Uptown Riot are influenced by all things Vancouver including Wendy Thirteen and The Cobalt, add this to their perfect amount of pissed off and you’…

BAPTISTS - So Very Crushing.

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Here is an interview that ran in a Jan 2010 issue of Absolute Underground. Since it went to print Baptists have released an epic 7" record on Southern Lord records, and destroyed The Biltmore in doing so. Next they are taking on the new stage at Funky Winkerbeans this Friday March 18th, and if it is anything like the last time they played that venue then this show is not to be missed. Here is the interview:


Baptists are the second coming of Jaws, and just like Jaws the movie, this band was definitely in need of a sequel. Baptists features members of Ladyhawk, Congress and an ex-member of A Textbook Tragedy. These four dudes bring the neck work out that headbangers dream of, and from the minute they start playing you will not be able to think or look elsewhere. After Jaws called it quits in the summer of 2009 there was a small void in the hardcore community of wild, unrelenting and unpredictable front men, but never fear, Andrew Drury is back with a vengeance and seemingly more pis…