Meter Men: demo cassette
Demo cassette from this new punk band out of Melbourne, Australia released on the Helta Skelta label. This is your basic, knuggle-dragging ugly hardcore stuff... the vocalist actually sounds a bit like Jordan from Manipulation / Pedestrians to me, but the music is much more sludgy and nasty. It can start to get a bit samey-sounding after a while, but Meter Men have a way of dropping in a catchy little off-kilter guitar lead or an interesting change right when your ear starts to wander. The more I listen to this, the more it reminds me of Pedestrians' unique way of landing right on the boundary between hardcore and a kind of lurching, mid-paced (Flipper-influenced?) garage rock. I'm not sure too many people listen to Pedestrians anymore, but regardless of whether that reference is lost on you Meter Men are a pretty legit punk band worth checking out.