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Wrangler Brutes Zulu


01. White Out 02. Adjust It 03. Garbage Cans 04. Things Get Fruity 05. Forty Five Dollar 06. Shank'd 07. Materinity Ward 08. Chaos Collides 09. Mgmt. Sheen 10. Zulu 11. Wrangler Brutes 12. Driving 13. Slam Dunk 14. Pemex 15. Snoods 16. Shit Search 17. Unmentionables 18. Homosexual President
2004 Kill Rock Stars
Our score 8

6/13/2005

Sam McPheeters is a fucking legend. While serving time with the pivotal late 80's/early 90's hardcore band Born Against, he (along with guitarist Adam Woodrow) helped to redefine punk and hardcore in a way that no other American band really had at that time. They were one of the first bands to call out the scene at large on its double standards and questionable practices. Aside from writing some of the most ugly, noisy records that were ever released, McPheeters has inspired a legacy of musicians, lyricists, label owners, and zine writers to hold the scene to the same standards that the scene holds the rest of the world too, no matter whose feathers get ruffled in the process. After the demise of Born Against, McPheeters started the Men's Recovery Project, which succeeded in weirding out hundreds of kids at a time nationwide, and then sort of fell off the face of the Earth for a while. He has now resurfaced, alongside former members of Southern California "buzz" bands Le Shok, Monorchid, and the Nahtzi Skinz, in Wrangler Brutes. Does McPheeters still have it after all these years, or are we seeing another scene dinosaur attempting to flex what little credibility they think that they have left after all these years In Wrangler Brutes' case, the magic is most definitely still there. Musically, Wrangler Brutes play noisy, ugly hardcore punk rock with a slight tinge of indie rock absurdity. There are more than a few obvious nods to the Dead Kennedys (i.e. the guitar lead in "White Out"), which is a band that really isn't stolen from enough in recent times. Wrangler Brutes don't really fall in line with anything going on in modern hardcore, which is both commendable and refreshing. The last decade has been one of growing and maturity for McPheeters in a lyrical sense. While his trademark howl/scream hasn't faltered in the slightest bit as the years have passed, the way in which he is conveying his message has changed. It doesn't take a literary genius to see that McPheeters is not happy with the current state of our country, though he isn't shoving his message down your throat like he was during his tenure with Born Against. He tends to filter his messages in an often silly sounding manner. Whether it is done to make light of some very serious issues (i.e. the war against terrorism, the president, the economy) or if he's using the absurdity as a way to emphasize the message he attempting to portray is yet to be known, but the style makes for some very thought provoking punk rock. Bottom Line: Sam McPheeters has made a smashing return to the realm of hardcore and punk with Wrangler Brutes. He has assembled a group of musicians that know how to play well and write innovative music, and he hasn't lost his touch one bit. A lot of people would probably find this record to be annoying or even offensive, which is only further proof of how awesome it is.

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anonymous 6/13/2005 12:03:52 PM

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wolfpack_ 6/13/2005 12:15:06 PM

another gay ass review of a shitty band


stupidchildren_ 6/13/2005 12:57:34 PM

this was one of my favorite releases of last year. LAST YEAR. nonetheless, kids could do well to check this out as well as the rest of mcpheeters catalog. wolfpack, back to the mall you go


picturesofme_ 6/13/2005 12:59:37 PM

"A lot of people would probably find this record to be annoying or even offensive, which is only further proof of how awesome it is." that's f*cking STUPID. Wrangler Brutes are f*cking terrible, and they put on one of the worst live shows I've ever seen. If something sucks, that doesn't make it "awesome."


SMokeOutLoud_ 6/13/2005 4:40:23 PM

audio???


rat_ 6/13/2005 4:53:35 PM

i saw this band with dep 2 years ago and i thought they were from mexico. seriously. they werent speaking english. i didnt know what was going on. and then i was talking to this scenester elitist dude and he said, the wrangler brutes are a genious band but people just dont see that. i still think he was a liar. they f*cking sucked.


likewoa_ 6/14/2005 3:15:21 AM

i love born against but i really have a hard time caring about this


Natas-101_ 6/14/2005 10:11:13 AM

Born Against is one of the most relevant bands ever to this day. I have heard other projects Sam had before and I didn't dig them too much, but I would like to hear this. An mp3 would have been nice.


adam_hellbound_ 6/14/2005 11:31:02 AM

amazing band.


johnfuckingdenver_ 6/17/2005 8:08:44 AM

this band f*cking ruled. i'm pretty sure they've broken up.