ROLL THE TANKS
Broke Til Midnight Epitaph/Warner
Roll The Tanks’ second album and first for Epitaph manages to mash blue collar rock (e.g. Tom Petty or Springsteen) with the snarl of ancient punkers The Clash. Tanks pull off gargantuan, shoutalong choruses (“Waiting On A Storm”), genuinely hummable progressions and the occasional surprise (the synth blasts in the fine buzzsaw pop farewell to Jay Reatard, “Goodnight Jimmy Lee”). Those who like their tunes unpolished might take issue with production flourishes such as synth handclaps, which pop up from time to time. And Broke Til Midnight falls away a tad in the second half. Though the tedium of “Hornet”, for example, can be put off as an isolated experiment in straying from a very enjoyable formula. If you’re disappointed by the trajectory of The Gaslight Anthem’s last two albums, then Roll The Tanks is for you.