Release Date: 6/10/18
Format: Digital, Physical
Label: Monster Zero Records in collaboration with Asian Man Records and Rad Girlfriend Records
Location: Portsmouth, NH
- Joe Queer – Guitar/Vocals
- Cheeto Crash – Bass/ Vocals
- Hoglog – Drums
Sounds Like: The Ramones, The Dead Milkmen, The Buzzcocks, and the Descendants
Favorite Tracks: Beat Your Heart Out, Motherfucker, Sayonara Sucker, Tamara is a Punk
Well, to start, what can I say about this band that hasn’t been said before? These guys are legends; 35 years of kicking some serious ass. So it makes sense that they look back and pay homage to a record that helped define their sound.
It’s been 20 years since Punk Rock Confidential first landed, but with the revisited release, it sounds like it could’ve been made yesterday. Having been a while since I heard this album, I was excited to hear it again. Within the first few seconds of the opening track, Tamara is a Punk, it all came rushing back. This is one of those albums you’d blast on a boombox during the summer while biking or skating around town. Yea, I’m old, shut up.
The Ramones influence has always been so palpable on this album, but not in a derogatory way. The music doesn’t feel like a rip off, rather like a continuation of the amazing music The Ramones created. In my opinion, its hard to do that, but The Queers make it seem effortless. The spirits of the Ramones clearly live on in these dudes.
Of course, this release wasn’t done without a little fanfare. Two new songs have been added from the original release (Punk Rock Confidential Revisited and Beat Your Heart Out) as well as two killer color choices, if you’re like me, and want the vinyl.
Bottom line, this revisited version is worth the time to check back in. It’s everything to be fondly remembered from 1998. Now, excuse me, I’m gonna go find my boombox.
Asian Man Records: http://asianmanrecords.com/
Monster Zero Records: https://monsterzerorecords.com/
Rad Girlfriend Records: http://radgirlfriendrecords.storenvy.com/
Purchase the vinyl version: https://monsterzerorecords.com/products/queers-the-punk-rock-confidential-revisited-lp