Buck Biloxi & The F*cks: Streets of Rage 12"

Hozac Records


BUCK & the boys are back with a vengeance, and the new Streets of Rage LP is going to cause quite a few dizzying episodes of pure punk euphoria so don’t even start to think you’ve heard it all yet. Culling all the burned-out, hate-fueled visceral verbiage from the streets into an impossibly catchy and dare we even say 'poetic' benchmark of garbage spun into gold, ‘Streets of Rage’ kicks off with 'Rock’n Roll Sucks Part 2' and just never lets loose of its grip around your neck/life until your record player is emitting the typical black smoke of overheated electronics. A slight uptick in fidelity won’t even begin to ruffle any feathers here, as the guitars-cum-food-processors tone is still hitting the spot every time, surely ushering in the next era of Buck Biloxi and the F*cks’ primitive pessimism, and establishing this New Orleans troupe as one of the modern era’s greats, stomping their way through a sea of pretenders. It doesn’t take long to realize the caliber of Mr. Biloxi’s moxie, his lyrics will be quoted for the next ten generations, and his attitude toward human existence will be the material of graduate level sociology courses, mark my words, and this insight doesn’t come cheap. Streets of Rage might be the most punk record you’ve ever owned, or will the record OWN YOU? Either way, you lose, so don’t get those high hopes up anywhere where you can’t reach ‘em, because Buck Biloxi and the F*cks are going down in history with all the best losers in the game. The least you can do is try and keep up, this shit is as real as it gets."—VictimofTime.com. First pressing of 500 copies on black vinyl.

Our take: Latest 12" from these New Orleans miscreants... they've still got a hard-on for Is, Was, and Always Shall Be-era GG Allin and they're still one of the most exciting punk bands currently going. I think that the reason why I like Buck Biloxi so much is that their extremely loose approach to songwriting allows for so much more interesting stuff to happen in their songs than your typical punk bands, most of whom are overly concerned both with playing tight and with sticking to a certain style and approach. Nowhere is the greatness of Buck Biloxi's contrary approach more apparent than the outros that end each side. These are interesting little pieces, somewhere between the traditional punk talking song (think Dead Kennedys' "Moral Majority" or Bad Religion "The Voice of God Is Government"), the skits on a hip-hop album, and sound collage. Honestly, I wish there was more stuff like this on the record, but something tells me that Buck Biloxi is going to guarantee that at least 80% of each record is comprised of no-nonsense punk rippers, and at the end of the day who can complain about that?
Tags: 10s garage punk recommended