• Red Dons "Fake Meets Failure" CD
The second Lp from one of my current fave bands â€“ now thatâ€™s a great start to a bad Monday. Forget the Observers, this is THE RED DONS â€“ listen to it with fresh new ears and stop harkening back to the past. Less dramatic and herky-jerky than their last LP, more to-the-point, driving a stomping beat thatâ€™s cloaked in darkness whilst soaking up the dense gloom of the Pacific Northwest. Take the epic heaviness of FROM ASHES RISE, dilute it to a more punk rock formula, throw in the density of the WIPERS and add some early- â€˜80s LA hardcore melody, and thatâ€™s the winning concoction of the RED DONS. The first LP is great; this is amazing, less complicated, more rock with a straightforward approach that doesnâ€™t come off as simple. Tune after tune after tune, a Scandinavian feel shines through the more I listen, with a hint of early UK82 Riot-City type punk rock. This might be my record of the year.