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Blatant Finger

"Eight for the Road" EP

89 Records

Genre: punk rock, punk

Columbus, OH

Dec 2, 2008

I’m not all that up on the fine divisions between punk subgenres, but the press materials for Blatant Finger’s new EP depict Eight for the Road as a mish-mash of early American punk rock styles. You’ve got some Califonia skate-punk, some Midwest hardcore, and even a dash of East Coast influence. So, punk rock then. These songs are decently spirited but altogether pretty bland. Covers of The Rolling Stones’ “As Years Go By” and classic Poison ballad “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” add a little familiarity, but don’t remedy a lack of originality. Perhaps the classic punk stylings of “Not in Our World” and EP-best “Heart’s Done Breakin’“ will be enjoyed by genre enthusiasts; however, taken together this is fairly cookie-cutter stuff.

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Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 8 tracks, distributed by the band, released September 2008]