theendtablesLP

Did you know there was a revolutionary punk scene in Louisville, Kentucky, circa 1979? Did you know there was an influential, if totally obscure, band within that (equally obscure) scene who cranked out a four-track vinyl before dissolving? This is a reissue likely to have significance for die-hard punk collectors with a penchant for rare Americana.

It’s a snapshot of a moment in music, and it encapsulates the frantic, skuzzy guitar sound, wired, tuneless vocals and blurted, sarky choruses authentic to the period, but it’s nothing we haven’t heard, albeit commercially, from the likes of the Ramones or the Stooges. ‘White Glove Test’ is catchy (repetitive, anyway) but apart from that, the banter from the live tracks on this record is almost more interesting than the tunes. And the banter isn’t particularly interesting.

By Polly Rappaport

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