"Moonkill" (Self-produced; 2024)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

The thing I've always loved about punk rock is that there are so many sounds to it. Think of the musical differences between bands like The Ramones, Green Day, The Sex Pistols and The Offspring. A lot of varying sounds there, right? That's what I've always liked about punk. It allows different and unique sounds that other genres would shun.

Texan punk rockers MoonKill have that classic punk rock sound that falls somewhere between the aforementioned Ramones, The Misfits and Danzig (in fact, lead vocalist, sometimes sounds a little like Glenn Danzig). Interestingly, Track 5, "Murder House," has a vague Freedom of Choice-era Devo vibe to it. For the most part, the songs are quick and often humorous, even if only in title with tracks like "Chainsaw Bathroom Sex" and "The Fuck That Found Out."  The buoyant Track 9, "Rabbit's Foot" will have audiences bouncing when this song is performed live.

Speaking of performing live, I have a hunch MoonKill is even better on stage. Like the Ramones, they have that sound that probably generates to a high energy, high-intensity rock'n'roll show. If I ever make it out to Austin, I'll make it a point to see if MoonKill is playing nearby.

Great to hear an old school punk record with flashes of modern style and raw sound. If that sounds good to you, too, check out MoonKill.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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