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Los Creepers

Los Creepers: City StreetsCity Streets (2006)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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With the recent release of Crimescene Records' L.A.'s Most Wanted sampler compilation featuring the Briggs, Throw Rag, Left Alone, Madcap, Buck-O-Nine, U.S. Bombs, the Aggrolites and a slew of other great bands, Los Creepers were one of the few who I didn't recognize. So I'll consider them cool by .
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With the recent release of Crimescene Records' L.A.'s Most Wanted sampler compilation featuring the Briggs, Throw Rag, Left Alone, Madcap, Buck-O-Nine, U.S. Bombs, the Aggrolites and a slew of other great bands, Los Creepers were one of the few who I didn't recognize. So I'll consider them cool by association.

Los Creepers are a hardcore street punk band from Los Angeles. If it were up to me, this review would end here, because going any further just seems like an exercise in futility. Their press promo says the band plays a "mix of surf, punk, metal, country, rockabilly, and blues," but don't let that fool you. This is a punk band, and they play punk.

With 15 songs clocking in at 25 minutes, Los Creepers' furious speed punk races through City Streets with no filler, frills, or superfluities. From the opening track "Bandidos" to the ska-tinged closer "Twenty Three," City Streets does not let up for an instant. The volatile "Tonight" showcases the band's breakneck slam dance qualities, as does "Blackout" an ode to intoxication that features lead vocalist Lucky Almader spouting off lyrics at Heckle-like speed. The band does toss in two slower rockabilly-type songs with "Drive Me Wild" and "I Just Don't Fit In," the later of which features some spiffy harmonica playing and the slowest rhythm on the album, which doesn't say much because it's still no waltz.

If you like solid, fast street punk in the same vein as the Unseen, Cheap Sex, or Lower Class Brats, you won't be disappointed in Los Creepers' City Streets. The relentless aggression barely stops to breathe, and if you ever find yourself in a circle pit hearing these songs, changes are you won't either.

 

 
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Anonymous (May 11, 2007)

nobody did...

AphasiacIIC (May 10, 2007)

whoever thinks this is Oi needs to fucking die

GlassPipeMurder (May 9, 2007)

haha, i just happened to see it when I was looking at my Briggs review after I noticed it was on their myspace.

Anonymous (May 9, 2007)

Yeah, I probably did...I dunno, I still like catchy melodies and pop songwriting, but Oi! is pretty stupid, generally. Some of it can be really catchy, but mostly it's crap. Why did you bother looking through comments I've written for inconsistencies anyway? Lord knows that I flip-flop on pointless internet bullshit all the time. If you had talked to me like 3 years ago, I prob. would have said Ted Leo and Elvis Costello sucked, and that Discharge wasn't punk because of the guitar solos...although I wasn't posting on this site at the time...uhhh...brain hurts.
-feeeding5000

GlassPipeMurder (May 8, 2007)

And Feeding5000, didn't you also say that I've outgrown this kind of punk, and I've always thought that Oi! was for idiots, anyway in the Briggs review?

Anonymous (May 8, 2007)

these guys should be ashamed of themselves for ripping off Los Crudos' band name.

GlassPipeMurder (May 8, 2007)

cock sparrer was incredibly poppy. they had some of the catchiest melodies in punk. this album doesn't sound like pop-punk at all in my opinion.

Anonymous (May 8, 2007)

Is it just me, or is all street punk poppy and boring? Because I've heard people describe these bands with 40-foot mohawks as "hardcore", but all I've heard is pop-punk with bad (read: worse than pop-punk) lyrics and fake British accents. What happened to the days when you could be a street punk band just by playing "Runnin' Riot" or "Oi Oi Oi" six times in a row?
-feeeding5000

AphasiacIIC (May 8, 2007)

this record is really damn good, they mix in a small bit of rockabilly now and then too i guess

Anonymous (May 8, 2007)

Glass Pipe Murder has the best taste of any staff member except Adam. This record sounds alright, I may pick it up but it on Left Alones tiny ass label.

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