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Rehasher: High Speed Access to My BrainHigh Speed Access to My Brain (2009)
Paper and Plastick

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For those who don't know, Rehasher are a punk rock quartet from Gainesville, Florida, led by Less Than Jake bassist/vocalist Roger Manganelli and who play speedy, melodic skatepunk la NOFX or early Strung Out. High Speed Access to My Brain is their second full-length and first for Paper + Plastick.

It's been more than half a decade since the release of their previous record, Off Key Melodies, but judging by the music on High Speed Access to My Brain, you'd never know it. There's some pretty tight playing going on here. They're punk, but they aren't sloppy. The record is energetic, catchy and short enough that you'll want to hear it again as soon as it's finished playing. Stylistically, it feels as if it could have been released on a label like Fat Wreck Chords or Epitaph in the mid-'90s.

Even though most of the songs are structurally similar, the amount of vocal hooks keep the listening experience from becoming boring. Still, it feels refreshing when they slow things down a bit on album closer "Finish What I Started." The songwriting is strong--these songs are actually memorable, not an easy accomplishment in the skatepunk genre. Highlights include "My Compass Must Be Broken" with its gigantic chorus and the (relatively) poppier "Lose My Limits," but there's not a bad song to be found in the bunch.

You don't necessarily have to be a Less Than Jake fan (I'm not) to enjoy Rehasher, although LTJ fans may find it interesting to hear what happens when Roger steps out front (he sings lead vocals and plays guitar here). However, this is most certainly NOT a Less Than Jake record, so fans of Manganelli's past work are advised to listen to it with an open mind. Bands like this don't come around as often as they used to, so any fans of NOFX, Lagwagon or Strung Out would do well to give High Speed Access to My Brain a spin.


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withoutbellson (July 15, 2010)

awsome name, awesome music. buy this record!!

telegraphrocks (March 14, 2010)

Good enough.

misterspike (March 13, 2010)

"even though its 57 seconds, Super Fan is my favourite track here. The whole album is a good listen though. One of my fave 2009 cd's."

Agreed @ "Super Fan"

ilikeilike (March 12, 2010)

This record is ok. I LOVE Bullets To Broadway, so I thought I'd check this out. I wish BTB would record some more, and LTJ would write some faster stuff like Short Fuse Burning. I'd be happy then.

hayman (March 12, 2010)

Love it, I'd waited for this for a long time.

pricey123 (March 12, 2010)

even though its 57 seconds, Super Fan is my favourite track here. The whole album is a good listen though. One of my fave 2009 cd's.

misterspike (March 12, 2010)

Fun enough record, but a bigger fan of Off-Key Melodies.

slymer (March 12, 2010)

Better than average pop-punk. Not something that really stands out though.

alchron77 (March 12, 2010)

This is much better than anything NOFX or Lagwagon have released. It gets you so pumped that you'll want to dropkick babies, kittens, and puppies because they are such pussies.

TSOL (March 12, 2010)

Score is for Roger's myspace rants, and for pirating his mediocre album.

Piata (March 12, 2010)

Good but not great. Finish What I Start is by far my favourite track on here.

88fingerstonytherevenge (March 12, 2010)

People who pirate music are stoked

paulrulzdood (March 12, 2010)

hmm, i must check these dudes out. any review that draws comparisons to Lagwagon/Strung Out or NOFX...mmm.mmm..mmm...be still my heart!


AnEpicProblem (March 12, 2010)

Didn't like this at all. This label has yet to release a single album that I think is genuinely good. They're like a terrible version of No Idea (which, despite what some people on here may say, isn't that great of a label itself).

ZachLeg (March 12, 2010)

i might have to check this out now

ZachLeg (March 12, 2010)

i might have to check this out now

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