The Linecutters - Long Wong's - 2/14/14
Their look, in particular, is of three 17-year-old punkers. Smith wears a classic denim patch vest, drummer John Heiligenthal brings a looming feeling of metal with his skull sticker on his drum kit, and guitarist Marce Festa has that snotty punk rock face that half of you wants to punch and the other half cannot look away from.
Their sound, which blasted out of Long Wong's new-and-improved sound system, is a bold (and loud) blend of punk, ska and metal. For now, it's obvious that they're emulating their favorites, but with some more seasoning and time to resonate, they will undoubtedly develop and find their own sound. And when that happens, you can bet that it will get much attention in the local punk scene.
Their tracks "Assimilation," and "Yolocaust" are obvious singles, on par with any of the great punk I've ever heard.
"Assimilation," being a fairly obvious ode to their distaste with American culture, and "Yolocaust" take a jab at the bullies and cool kids in school who still only live once. Some of their other tracks dive into consumerism, education, and war, while others are just about being 16, getting fucked up, and making mistakes.
The attitude The Linecutters bring with them, however, is their biggest asset. For the time being, they can still count the number of shows they have played on two hands, but that doesn't stop them from sounding extremely tight. Though they may not play out a lot, because of the dearth of places where 17-year-olds can play, they're constantly practicing.
Their current goal, besides finishing recording on their upcoming self-titled debut EP, is to help contribute to the building of the Phoenix punk scene.
"There is just not enough good punk bands out here," says Smith.
And The Linecutters are just the sort of people needed to solidify the punk scene.
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