You gotta love a CD that has some cool cover artwork. :-) Yeah, I finally got around to picking up what I believe is the debut CD from Surrounded By Thieves, and I've been kicking myself in the ass ever since for not picking it up sooner. This shit is really, really good. Fast paced Punk rock with everything well played and some fantastic sounding vocal work on top of it all. Brandon did an amazing job here - Kudos Sir. Andy's guitar work is thick and crispy. He's got a good sound too, which always helps. He's pretty creative as well, like on the intro of that song Psychotic Mentality - cool stuff. The rhythm section of Rich on drums and Chris on bass shine on that song too. They're the ones who give all the songs on here that 'Pop' and pace everything played. They do it pretty well too. Surrounded By Thieves are an exceptional band. These guys remind me of some classic California Punk bands like The Faction, Bad Religion, or even Mad Parade - hard, fast, loud, punk rock with a bit of a pop slant to it. I dunno. All I do know is that this CD is excellent, and that if you don't have it already you should. Standout tracks on here include I'm The One, Riot, with it's catchy as fuck hook of 'There's gonna be a god damn RIOT!', Follow Me, Embers and Toni Robbins. I could of done without the Beard Core Bar Song tune at the end of the CD, but the super secret hidden track more than made up for it. It's cool. I'm a member of the Pepsi Generation too! :-) It's bands like Surrounded By Thieves who are keeping the whole 'Punk' thing alive and viable out here in Las Vegas, and I hope this CD is just the start of something beautiful for these guys. Great release. It's available for purchase on the bands website surroundedbythieves.com, so go there and grab one immediately! Admirable release.
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