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Early '90s vert pro Todd Congelliere's still at it in Toys That Kill.

Early '90s vert pro Todd Congelliere's still at it in Toys That Kill. A little more on the rock side of punk rock, but in the vein of irreverent politico-punk (but not nauseatingly so). Their record Control the Sun on Recess Records kicks ass, as does their live show. And playing with Toys That Kill was San Diego's own Locust. These guys have been going at it for a while but seem to have finally found some much-deserved recognition. Their live show is usually brutal and short like their songs (they did a 20-minute sound check, and then a 20-minute set). It's ultra spazzy Moog-drenched insanity, sort of like hardcore steeped in Melt Banana, with lyrics that'll have you scratching your head ("Chancrous syphilologist") but not wondering if they're just trying to act smarter than like, uh, Bad Religion. They get the hardcore kids, the emo kids, the punker kids, the skaters and just about all types at their shows, perhaps because they're so hard to pigeonhole. Their new record is called Plague Soundscapes, on Anti.
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Title Annotation:Notes From The Underground
Author:Lundry, Wez
Publication:Thrasher
Date:Oct 1, 2003
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