One Minute Reviews
By Nathan G. O'Brien exclusively for HotDogDayz
As long as I've been reading it (not going to date myself here) and as much as I am 100% supportive of what they do, I sometimes find myself shaking my head at the ridiculous collective entity that is Maximum Rock-n-Roll Magazine. The slightly annoying things like not having a healthy sense of humor and/or irony and offering blatant contradictions from month to month are a given, but you just sort of ignore that stuff because it matters little in the grand scheme. What I find comical is how after years of shoving various sub-genres down our throats, they turn on a dime and all but denounce said trends for something "totally new," and often times, well, not very punk. (Yes, I do realize that the most un-winnable argument in the history of the universe is what-is-and-what-is-not-punk, and I do not care to get into it now...or ever for that matter.) Such is the case with Sharkpact and Total Control. Suddenly all the hardcore, raw punk, noise-not-music, D-beat, and garage we've been told was "crucial" is considered "played out", and we should be listening to bands that are doing something "wholly unprecedented" like Total Control and Sharkpact. Well, Total Control sounds like Crocodiles and Sharkpact sounds like Matt & Kim...or a less punk Japanther. So, there you go. My minute is almost up, so I'll make this quick: the Total Control album is actually really excellent, whereas Sharkpact is, like Matt & Kim, pretty annoying. But you don't necessarily have to take my word for it--if you're capable of forming your own opinion, and I know you are, there are plenty of really punk things like Spotify or iTunes where you can sample them yourself. The end.