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Worthless United
I am Nothing EP (Now Or Never Records)

By: Vinnie Apicella

You got a band that sounds like a cross between The Clash, The Ramones, LES Stitches (rip), and-- Southside fucking Johnny! Yeah it's got something to do with the Jersey shore thing but damned if the guy singing doesn't have the deep sorta low octave going even when he rises up at the end of "Oh Sweetheart." Originally "Worthless," and now of immeasurable value these starlit audiophiles in the making, the "United" tag caught on sometime during their surfacing beneath the Asbury cracks, where many a weed grow, aimlessly, lost, and seemingly discouraged. Well not to compare WU to a weed, but roots are roots and AP just ain't quite what it used to be when The Stone Pony was rockin' and the locals were jumping stead'a beggin'. Track three, "Tighty Whitey" puts on a little extra display of, "we're not yer average Punk Rock thugs whining about cramped conditions and going to war, as we're crossing swords with age old Ska, and maybe a twinge of Reggae -- we're near the beach after all. After about song three I realize I'm sorely missing a band called "Rancid" comparatively more than anything else going here... anyone remember 'em by the way? There've been about five or six offshoots since their last haven't there? "Saved" is the fourth and last cut, arrives too fast, and was originally done by Sticks & Stones and they don't spare the skins in even the slightest now do they? Classic sounding stuff and good band with a good name -- can't you just see those hands in the air -- c'mon sing it with me, Poverty! Shame! Need! Dream! Dead End! Die! Okay, so anyways, the best tune is the first one, "I am Nothing," an anthem to the estranged, compliments of authorial thrill seekers with a promise and open palm. And a lucky break as the four-song taster polishes off too quickly but that's a lead in for the next full length due out early next year. Other tracks, "Oh Sweetheart" can be found on their previous "Which Side Are You On" Chunksaah Records breakthrough and the other two exclusive to this quick and catchy ride the wave and rave along fix!
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