DOWN­TOWN BOYS

Cost Of Liv­ing 7/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - Prov­i­dence six-piece mix horns with slo­gans on pow­er­ful third LP PeTer WaTTS

With songs in Span­ish, a fe­male singer and chaotic horn sec­tion, Down­town Boys are no typ­i­cal punk band. Locked into the rad­i­cal un­der­ground – their last al­bum was called Full Com­mu­nism – the band dive into pithy opener “A Wall”, a rag­ing re­jec­tion of phys­i­cal divi­sion, and get bet­ter the longer the al­bum goes on. Like a cross be­tween X-Ray Spex and Rage Against The Ma­chine as rein­ter­preted via US hard­core, there’s plen­ti­ful anger, but also a hope­ful­ness on tracks such as “Lips That Bite” or the sin­is­ter “Be­cause You”, one of three songs part sung in Span­ish.

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