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STUPID LIFE — S/T

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Over the last couple years, the LA punk scene has had a resurgence (or the Internet just made those of us on the East Coast pay attention to what they are doing . . . ), with bands like Pesadilla Distopika and Stupid Life really standing out. Finally following up their great demo, Stupid Life releases their first 7” on Video Disease Records today. The demo was pogo-y noise-punk in a Swankys vein. While one could still call Stupid Life a noise-punk band, the EP brings guitar soloing to the forefront with riffs that remind me of Motörhead at times and, on “Floss” at the very least, a beat that sounds like it is closer to a JFA track than Confuse. This music is a distinctly US interpretation of noise-punk that seems like it could cease to be “noise-punk” at any moment. The snottiness of the demo has also grown into a more aggressive sound, with production closer to USHC acts like Mecht Mensch than the Kyushu bands that Stupid Life orbits around. The final product? Just give the record a spin.

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