Cruelster - Riot Boys - New LP
Trashy Cleveland punk, busting a Big Jug beer bottle over their own head, taking the jagged edge of the broken bottle to anything in sight, authority mainly, and then using shards as guitar picks to pick fights and the busted bottle as a bugle to announce the charge and megaphone attack calls, remaining crazy and silly so you can think for yourself and take what you want from it. It's rust in your water and cinder blocks in your brain. It's rust belt punk rock. -- winch
"Second 12” from this Cleveland band. They share members with Perverts Again, Bulsch, and Roobydocks, people is making some of the most innovative, interesting, and contemporary-sounding punk I’ve heard, and Riot Boys is an essential piece of the puzzle. However, even if you can hear how interesting, important, and great it is, it will still try your patience. That’s because, while other parts of the punk scene try to create a kind of punk utopia, Cruelster engage with the shit the rest of us do our best to ignore, and it’s fucking ugly. Nowhere is that clearer than on the lengthy sample that starts the album. The narrator reads a letter to the editor of a Captain America comic book, and as the letter unfolds we gradually understand the writer is a nut. The letter continues to get weirder until it culminates in a series of death threats against the editors. Of a fucking Captain America comic. This is the perfect segue into “Crisis in Local Government Part III,” whose chorus (insofar as you can call anything in a Cruelster song a chorus) is “I want to see American Sniper / I want to see Bradley Cooper as Chris.” While their music is jagged, awkward, and interesting, what’s unsettling about Cruelster is how they dig deep into this mentality, pushing past the Fox News caricature and getting at the mundane—and human—thought processes behind it. It’s a place most punks won't go, and for that reason it’s worth going there. That Cruelster marry this aesthetic to weird, interesting, and powerful music is either the cake or the icing, depending on your perspective." - Sorry Tate
Here’s the one we’ve all been waiting in the mud for. 14 Tracks of seemingly dumb hardcore arranged to roast right wing daytime radio talking points. No flag remains unstood for here. “Crisis in Local Government Part III”, “The Pipeline could Work”, “Gold Studded Citizen” are only a taste of the ridicule. Join the Riot Boys and Laugh at the system like never before.