Dirty Fences deliver another exciting shot of punk fed through with hard rock and power pop, coming off as some kind of blessed combination of The Ramones, Red Kross and MC5. Though it might have taken them about four years to follow up their previous burner Full Tramp, they make it count with an album that blazes from start to finish. This is the type of music made to throw back a few beers to at your favorite dive bar while the band wails right in your face. You can taste their sweat in your beer. It remembers a time, when punk could blaze, but still be fun, which is sometimes lost in these times. (Not knocking serious music, but sometimes you need a little levity to balance things out).
It busts out of the gate with “All You Need Is A Number” and doesn’t let up, until the closing tender, garage rock ballad “One More Step” which features guest vocals from Christina Halladay of Sheer Mag. It’s just a master class in how to rock out.
I know it’s close to end of the year, but don’t forget to give this album a chance as you’re rushing around being driven crazy by the mania of the holidays. It might make it all the more bearable. I know it’s done that for me.