Rocket City Riot: Pop Killer

Continuing the good work of the punk masters.

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With a cover of the Ramones’ Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy and the Dead Boys’ What Love Is included, RCR are trying to tell us something.

And to be honest it’s nothing that isn’t really quite obvious from pretty much all the other tunes – RCR are all about shit-kicking punk’n’roll, nothing too subtle, just guitars turned way up loud and drumming intended to rattle your molars clean outta your mouth.

That said, they are damned good at what they do. Despite the primal template, the hookability factor is pretty high with plenty of memorable choruses flying at you like so much white-hot sonic shrapnel.

Good fun and an A for attitude.

Essi Berelian

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.