Redd Kross: Researching the Blues (Full Stream Available)
Redd Kross's full-blooded return-to-magnificence, Researching the Blues (full stream here), is out this week, offering a chance to right the wrong the world made by ignoring their 1997 masterpiece, Show World. The long-running LA punk/rock/pop band have joined the roster of Merge Records, adding another jewel to that label's indie-king crown. The album itself is a monster of rock riffage and pop hookage - for stone-cold proof check out the first single "Stay Away From Downtown".
Despite the band's claim that "we're getting uglier everyday", their power-pop in fact grows more beautiful every year, as songs like "Dracula's Daughters " and "One of the Good Ones" will surely prove. Of course, the band keep the power side of the bargain here on rockers like "Uglier" and "Choose to Play". And, as if if revitalized by Steve McDonald's participation in Keith Morris' explosive hardcore-revival band, OFF!, Redd Kross keep things relentless here, wrapping up the whole album in thirty-two minutes. Don't call it a comeback, Redd Kross (and their innumerable side-projects) have been here for years. Last time around, Redd Kross got lost in the guitar-rock glut of this mid-nineties but this time it looks like a rock-starved world is finally gonna do it's fuckin' research.
(more Redd Kross on MRML can be found HERE!)
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