DOWN­TOWN BOYS

US protest punks con­tinue to im­press on al­bum three.

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The in­aptly named Down­town Boys (two of the group are women) op­er­ate at the po­lit­i­cal end of the US punk spec­trum. On their pre­vi­ous two al­bums, this Prov­i­dence-based quin­tet, led by singer Vic­to­ria Ruiz, have of­fered a bull­doz­ing, bilin­gual as­sault on ev­ery­thing from prison over­crowd­ing to racism. If that sounds like hard work, it isn’t. The band’s sim­mer­ing anger – here in­evitably fo­cused on the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion (par­tic­u­larly on A Wall) – are leav­ened by a so­phis­ti­cated mu­si­cal back­drop util­is­ing brass and key­boards. That’s not to say that their fe­roc­ity is dimmed, just that on songs such as Tonta, they seam­lessly blend X-Ray Spex and Fugazi and sound all the more thrilling for it. JAMES OLDHAM Lis­ten To: A Wall | Tonta | Promis­sory Note

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