Creeps and Lovers
by Katie Sauro
With their newest record, New York’s Freshkills provides us with some relief from bands like Fall Out Boy and All-American Rejects that have been dominating our unfortunate and oft-battered punk scene. Their screaming vocals and scorching guitars bring us back to the hardcore punk of yore, a time when punk wasn’t reduced to carefully-packaged pop, but a time when bands manically explored the art of destruction, self or otherwise.
Freshkills’ sound is reminiscent of Seattle garage-punk greats Murder City Devils (who will reunite at this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party), At the Drive In, and the Blood Brothers, with staggering rhythms, frenzied vocals and an ever-growing hysteria that thrash the eardrums, but enliven our souls. Newly released on Austin’s Archlight Records, Creeps and Lovers reassures us that, no matter how close we may be to the end, punk is not dead.