...Is Rez Punk

Goddammitboyhowdy's ...Is Rez Punk reminds me of angsty teens and moody 20-somethings—I was both—where it felt like me and my friends against the rest of the stupid world. I'm not entirely over that sentiment, which probably makes me immature. It also makes me still love the raw, driven punk rock of this local band's new record. Yes, it's nostalgic—they'd fit perfectly on a mix with Screeching Weasel—but it also feels like a new, tight collection of fitful barbaric energy.

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The band belts out serious minor-key ditties, but these guys have always had a whip-smart sense of humor and that's made obvious by the final song title, "I Managed to Lose 17 Pounds in 2 Weeks." Still, the song kicks up a serious tone with lines like, "You must become a fire. Set yourself on fire!"

I do love the diversity of music in this town ranging from folk to metal to pop, but Goddammitboyhowdy still carries the torch for good old three-chord punk rock. Despite no longer being quite the anxious, pissed-off young-un I used to be, I really appreciate those qualities in a record like this one—especially when it's done with so much authenticity.

Goddammitboyhowdy plays a record release party at the Bike Doctor Saturday, March 5, at 9 PM with the Hot New Mexicans, Noise Noise Noise and Tidal Horn. $5.

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