Debt Neglector

Dirty Water

Written by: PP on 08/01/2022 15:03:07

Florida no-frills punks Debt Neglector - which features Alex Goldfarb from New Mexican Disaster Squad on vocals - continue to reference the entire FEST scene on their sophomore album "Dirty Water". You'll hear parallels to bands like Banner Pilot, Off With Their Heads, and Dillinger Four scattered throughout (especially on album highlight "Space Case"), but also influence from punk veterans like Swingin' Utters and Descendents in the process. That is to say, you can expect a fairly straightforward Midwestern punk album, but one that presses all the right buttons if you're into this sort of music.

As the album title hints, the lyrical universe is a sociopolitical one. From discussing America's water crisis to issues with corporations, the band goes through fairly standard fare topics in punk rock but makes it interesting in the process. "Anti Trust" is catchy, but falls short of the best track on the album, "Space Case". Here, a playful, high-tempo melody has you singing along even if the lyrical content is no longer political rather than one of self-critique. "Tremors" is a touching song about dementia/alzheimers's (or potentially cancer, depending on how you interpret the lyrics).

WIth unpolished guitar distortion ringing melodically in the mix and scratchy vocals giving enough gravel to the expression, Debt Neglector deliver on "Dirty Water" a solid continuation to "Atomicland" from four years ago. It remains within no-frills punk, forming decent basement-style sing-alongs for small punk shows in years to come. Not all bands need to push the envelope, Debt Neglector is a good example of a band that sticks to its strengths and delivers another fine album that fills the void of Banner Pilot's now seven-year absence.


Download: Space Case, Cult Cult Cult, Dirty Water
For the fans of: Banner Pilot, Off With Their Heads, Swingin' Utters, Dillinger Four
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Release date 05.11.2021
Smartpunk / SBÄM Records

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