Friday, November 20, 2015

Album Review: 'Help Wanted' by Civil War Rust

Title:  Help Wanted (Official, BandCampAmazon, iTunes, CD Baby)
Artist:  Civil War Rust (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTubeBandCamp, Big CartelReverbNation, Last.fm, MySpace, CD Baby)

Civil War Rust's sophomore album Help Wanted is an extremely fun and satisfying record.  Hailing from the East Bay, Civil War Rust have taken the classic punk history of their home, internalized it, modernized it, and added some Midwest flavor resulting in a sound that is equal parts pop punk, melodic skate punk, and gravelly throated, country influenced punk.  In other words imagine The Mr T Experience jamming with Pegboy, Dead To Me, and Nothington and you have Civil War Rust.  The result is nothing short of fantastic.  Help Wanted is 10 songs filled with tight melodies, catchy as all hell hooks, sing-a-long choruses, and (at times) Bad Religion-esque harmonies.  From top to bottom this record delivers in every way a great punk rock record should: great songs, tons of energy, and no filler.  Civil War Rust have produced a modern classic.

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