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Classic Album Review: Rocket From the Crypt | Group Sounds

What didn't kill this San Diego punknB outfit has only made them stronger.


This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Rocket From the Crypt have a lot in common with rock ’n’ roll itself — every couple of years, somebody pronounces them dead, but they keep coming back for more.

This time, the venerable San Diego punk&B outfit survived the loss of their original drummer and their major-label deal (although, in the weird ways of the music biz, they’re still distributed by the same company). Anyhoo, what hasn’t killed RFTC has made them stronger. The dynamic Group Sounds, their sixth full-length, is a return to the relentless rocking form of 1995’s classic Scream, Dracula, Scream! Their trademark fusion of propulsive American riff-punk and punchy horns (think Southside Johnny crossed with Supersuckers) has always been the band’s secret weapon, and here they deploy it with pinpoint precision — nearly half these 13 tracks clock in at two minutes or less, yet pack more punch than most bands generate in their careers. You might have to pay import prices for this one, but it’s worth it to join this group.