Friday, May 25, 2012

Punk: Meet the 2012 RFT Music Award Nominees

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click to enlarge COURTESY OF MODERN MAN
  • Courtesy of Modern Man

Modern Man No frills, no affected egos, no bullshit: This is earnest punk that tips its hat to all the proper pioneers. With the reckless abandon of Black Flag, the intensity of Minor Threat and Kid Dynamite's infectious sneer, Modern Man peppers the listener like tattooed knuckles on a blood-drenched brick wall. Boston transplant Tony Auger (formerly of the Effort) scowls and snarls hardcore homilies on top of Paul Carr's breakneck Black Sabbath riffage, while the backbeat barrels through in hasty 4/4 timing. It's abrasive and concise in all the right ways. --Michael Dauphin

COURTESY OF THE MONDALES
  • Courtesy of the Mondales

The Mondales The Mondales does not sound, look, or act like a band that's as young as it is. While its pop-punk hooks and occasionally juvenile subject matter could give some indication (the 48-second long ditty "The Night We Trashed Beaver's Car" reeks of fun-filled youthful indiscretion), the Mondale's well-crafted approach belies the fact that the group has only just released their first non-demo release early this year. Playing a catchy, hook laden style of punk that calls to mind early Screeching Weasel and the Descendants, the Mondales quickly made a name for itself on stages and in dingy basements throughout town -- the band has even been known to play a stylistically incongruent Infest cover from time to time, tipping its hand regarding the members' wide range of influences and delighting even those most jaded of hardcore punks. --Daniel Hill

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