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Rubber City Rebels
Pierce My Brain (Smog Veil Records)

By: Mark A. Lawrence the IV

The driving speed of the Rubber City Rebels is rock'n'roll with all the passion of punk, or is it the other way around. The chops of Buzz Clic on lead guitar comes out with the jet powered licks of "Paper Plain" and "I Wanna Pierce My Brain." This is music the electric guitar was made for and leaves you wearing leather and giving the finger to 'The Man.' Rob Firestone brings his voice to the mic like it holds 6 in the clip and one in the chamber, and isn't afraid to use it to display an arsenal of lyrics that range from humorous in "I Don't Wanna To Be a Punk Anymore" to more hard edged with "Dead Boy." "Blowout" is an example of how they bring together all their powerful elements to make a juiced up song and throw it into the world with a strength that shreds speaker wires and blows fuses. This is rock that mixes the foundations of the Clash with the wildness of early Ozzy Osborn. Rating: A-.
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