Dead or American - album review (3 stars)

Dead or American

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Ends (Pet Piranha)

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On listening to this record, it’s hard not to be struck by the senses of narcissism, rage and rough humour which accompany it. In fact, you might even suspect that this lot are from Dundee on such evidence alone.

Anyway, Dead or American are an energetic proposition if nothing else. They take their cues from the likes of At The Drive-In and Hot Snakes, and - while coming nowhere near either of those legendary noisemongers - they still make a pretty good fist of making angular, noisy and vengeful powerpunk. The Scots accent rings clear on songs like ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’, one of the more gratifyingly tuneful efforts here, although it is all a bit 2001 (the year, not the film).

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