The Distillers

The Distillers

by The Distillers

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The Distillers

If you believe that punk rock started around 1975, the year 2000 would mark its 25th anniversary. At the end of the 1990s, not many of the early punk bands were still together -- the Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Damned, Sham 69, and the Dead Boys had long since broken up. But punk's influence remained strong; young punk bands were still emerging, and countless alternative rockers claimed punk as a major influence even if they weren't punk artists per se. Recorded in December 1999 and January 2000, this self-titled Distillers CD is a throwback to the raw, in-your-face aggression reminiscent of late 1970s/early 1980s punk. While fast and forceful cuts like "L.A. Girl," "Oh, Serena," and "Girlfixer" aren't innovative or groundbreaking by 2000 standards, they're exhilarating and inspired -- this enjoyable, if uneven, date lets listeners know that hardcore punk still has possibilities in the 21st century. The person who brings the Distillers' lyrics to life is lead singer Brody Armstrong, whose screaming, jagged vocals are definitely on the abrasive side; no one's going to mistake her for Enya anytime soon. Armstrong was only in her early twenties when this CD came out, which means that ironically, she wasn't even born when the Sex Pistols were formed in 1975. Not perfect but certainly respectable, The Distillers reminds everyone that punk has yet to outlive its usefulness.

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Release Date: 06/06/2000
Label: Hellcat Records
UPC: 0045778042210
catalogNumber: 80422
Rank: 1164

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The Distillers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
xsk8rat More than 1 year ago
Firstly, the cover of "Ask the Angels" really works for me. I always liked that song and it is well done. The tempo and the intensity of this set of tunes are exactly what i like in good punk songs. The musicianship is great. If anything, maybe a little more dirt in the guitar. But that's my preference and not a fault of the performances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago