Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Pressure Point-Resist and Riot (GMM, Six Feet Under)
Sacramento's Pressure Point have been kicking around the US and putting out pretty good records for a few years now. They've gone through a streetrock phase, a hardcore phase, but there was never really a "Pressure Point sound" if you know what I mean. I know I've mentioned how good their live show is, and I've always enjoyed their records, but there was always something missing.
Resist and Riot is the closest the band has come to really developing their own style. The first two songs are solid streetpunk, but they're pretty generic songs without much character. They remind me a lot of the Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards records; fast, kinda' heavy, and a little bit of melody thrown in. The record really takes off with the third track, "Rise Up", which throws in some ska influence but doesn't sound hokey like I would've expected. The rest of the A side keeps on mixing it up enough to make the record really interesting.
Flip over to the B side, and what have you got? Two more somewhat generic rockers, again along the lines of the Bastards or early Skrewdriver material until the disc picks up again on the third number, where they slow things down a little bit and show off some of their chops. "The Morning After" is another great streetpunk song that's got a heavy dose of ska in the background, it's a solid track.
This record definitely has it's flaws, but it's quickly becoming my favorite release by the band. The CD version was released by GMM and the vinyl by Six Feet Under Records. This review pertains to the vinyl version.
Download the free track: Rise Up (really quick vinyl rip, not perfect quality)
Pressure Point on MySpace
Buy It on Interpunk (links to both the vinyl and CD versions)