Redd Kross, extraordinarily well rested - this is their first new album in 15 years - that would be "Researching The Blues" and it's on Merge. OK, so what did Steven and Jeff McDonald learn since their debut gig 34 years ago? Well, they know what brevity means - here's 10 songs in 32 minutes and their happening harmonies never sounded better. Every one of those ten zillion pop punk bands needs to kick down 10% to Redd Kross, the uncaused cause of all that. The McDonalds have also heard the Beatles and Beach Boys before - why not trip with the best? I love "Stay Away From Downtown" most but it's all good and everyone can find a use for "Uglier."
Rock 'n' Roll Call: Redd Kross - Researching The Blues
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Bill Locey reviews music for the Ventura County Star, when he isn't reenacting the history of this great nation or teaching it to incarcerated youth.
He is the tall guy lurking in the back of all the local rock shows.
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