Making a Midwesterner Split 7" – Record Store Day
Who are the culprits responsible for these 5 songs? Line ’em up: we have Direct Hit! from Milwaukee and The Brokedowns from Chicagoland. Straight outta the Midwest, these bands are two of the most wild and irreverent groups in today’s punk scene and they’re out to bring a little slice of Midwest culture to the rest of the world.
Making a Midwesterner: Who are the culprits responsible for these 5 songs? Line ’em up: we have Direct Hit! from Milwaukee and The Brokedowns from Chicagoland. Straight outta the Midwest, these bands are two of the most wild and irreverent groups in today’s punk scene and they’re out to bring a little slice of Midwest culture to the rest of the world. What culture, you ask? Well Francis, we’re talking about blocks of cheese, suspicious encased meats, smartass social commentary, brutal weather, and accursed sports teams. More than all that bullshit, these two partners in crime are all the evidence you need to prove that the Midwest has some of the best punk rock music around.
Making a Midwesterner
April 16, 2016 (Record Store Day)
Red Scare Industries (CCCP 196-7)
Side A – 1. The Brokedowns – Kings of the Dust 2. The Brokedowns – Crowns and Gowns 3. The Brokedowns – Runnin’ the Front (TTK)
Side B – 1. Direct Hit! – Chemical Ability 2. Direct Hit! – Avert Your Eyes
Well here it is. Here is probably the most underrated and overlooked release on 2016’s Record Store Day list. Making A Midwesterner is a 5-track EP with new songs from two great punk bands from (you guessed it!) the Midwestern United States – two (plus one cover) from Eglin, Illinois’ The Brokedowns and two from Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Direct Hit!
The Brokedowns contributed three very cacophonous pop punk tunes for the A-side of this split. One of which is a cover of the Toys That Kill song “Runnin’ The Front.” All three though sound like they could have easily fit on Life Is A Breeze. They sort of fall into the same realm as songs such as “Cash For Gold” and “Life Is A Breeze.” During the track “Crowns And Growns” the band’s deep and hard-hitting power chords mix very well with their anthemic gang vocals. But to contrast all of that they throw in a very light, little riff that evens out the whole song. The Brokedowns pull you in all different directions on their side of this 7-inch and it is pretty fun to experience that.
The songs that Direct Hit! contributed are actually B-sides that did not make it on to their 2016 Fat Wreck Chords debut Wasted Mind. So if you couldn’t get enough of their material from that album, this 7-inch is clearly the next release to check out. “Chemical Ability” and “Avert Your Eyes” because they sound sort of like they could fit in with the songs from Domesplitter, but they still keep true to the drug theme that Wasted Mind has rather than the monsters and Satan theme that Domesplitter has. The jangly, distorted guitars that blare over Nick Woods’ screams is a familiar and very welcomed sound they we have known and loved Direct Hit! for making. It is what makes them an incredibly unique pop punk band. For those of you that enjoyed Wasted Mind or anything else Direct Hit! has released, then you will be nowhere near disappointed with these songs. FYGP!
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