Dirtbag Republic - Downtown Eastside album review

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I don’t know if you ever remember this, but say 15 to 20 years ago, glam‑punk ruled the rock’n’rollroost. The cats know because they were there. Former Grandma Moses main-men return with another dose of Vancouver-bred ripsnortery, half Hanoi Rocks, half Guns N’ Roses, all fat lips and loose limbs.

Came from the sky like a 747. Classic Rock’s least-reputable byline-grabber since 2003. Several decades deep into the music industry. Got fired from an early incarnation of Anal C**t after one show. 30 years later, got fired from the New York Times after one week. Likes rock and hates everything else. Still believes in Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction, against all better judgment.