by Karl Bakla
Quite often I cum across Punk Rock bands that wear leather jackets, woman's stretch pants, & Converse All-Stars that seem to be more influenced by Ramones-worship bands, than they are the Ramones. Sure this is an assumption, but I have never been afraid to make an ass out of you and me or bring great shame to my family. These bands aren't bad, but I'd rather listen to Boogadaboogadaboogada! by Screeching Weasel or I'd rather just go to the source and listen to Rocket To Russia, which is one of my all-time favorite records*. So I was stoked to hear Dee Cracks, they are from Austria & they are an exception to this rule. They pull off those buzzsaw Ramones riffs we all love so much and throw in harmonies that are usually only executed perfectly by the Beach Boys or the Queers. Unlike a lot of Pop Punk bands, Dee Cracks don't have a whiny singer that makes you want to pull out a hammer from your tool box & beat 'em in the face. I'm not saying this to make a point, I am saying this as a warning to singers in Pop Punk bands that sing stupid songs about their ex-girlfriends; I will eventually hit you in the face with a hammer. Your ex dumped you because you are safe, a total wimp, & you have a savings account, your ex prefers me because I am fun & for the first three months my drinking seems charming… I am what some call a-fixer-upper! Don't feel too bad, I'm sure there will be a story in Amp Magazine about some homeless looking guy from the East side that attacked your band's singer. Get over it already, I'm over it… I feel better for putting that out there. If you aren't a total dick, I would highly suggest checking this record out! This album has 14 tracks that will make you want to chew bubble gum & put on your leather jacket that no longer fits because you are now a fat fuck. Available from Monster Zero Records.
*this only comes into play if I am in a situation when a copy of Pick Your King by Poison Idea is not available.