May 24, 2012

Hear New Sound: Redd Kross' "Researching the Blues"

Despite scattered returns to the stage since 2006, it's been 15 years since punk rock originals Redd Kross laid waste in the studio and gave listeners something new to stage dive to at their shows. The drought ends on August 7th when the seminal Hawthorne, CA quartet unleashes Researching the Blues, a brand new full-length and their first on venerable indie Merge Records. The current line-up of the hardcore-turned-classic power pop rock legends features members from the band's Neurotica-era days (meaning founding member Steve McDonald will be splitting his time here between this and OFF!) and the LP's bold, stomping title track shows that these punk vets have only mustered up their chops during their recording dormancy much like Mission of Burma proved with their 2002 reformation. Youngsters, take note while "Researching the Blues" below...

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