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MORAL PANIC

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MRR (US) AUG 2019 "Goddamn, this thing is delivered with a sense of urgency that I find infectious. Imagine bands like the RIP OFFS and TEENGENERATE. Everything about this is intense: the pace, the vocals, the lyrics, the guitar, the drums, the bass...I said “everything,” didn’t I? Did I stutter? I can’t wait to get my own copy. Excellent. (KK)

RAZORCAKE #112 (US) SEP 2019 Let this standas a testament to those who´ve thought their corker of a debut was a fluke: it wasn´t. Ten more tracks of high-octane punk with lineage hearkening back both to Modwest hardcore and L.A.-via Arizona legends the CONSUMERS all saturated in pummel and wail, grime and groove.Nineteen minutes later you´re left dazed´n´wondering just what ran over you and hoping it'll pass this way again to do the same. (JA)

Big Takeover #85 (USA) Sep 2019 Where has all the punk rock gone? Well, if you’re seeking more than the typical mutual admiration society jerk-off that has become punk these days, look no further. Brooklyn’s MP don’t adhere to stylistic cues, don’t pander to their audience, and they don’t care what you think of them. What they do is play 10 songs in under 20 minutes with lightning speed, balance “tight” and “loose” like the best of any Killed by Death band, and do it better than your friend’s boring hardcore outfit that played five times in the past month. What do they sound like? Cleveland’s Pagans at 45. There’s no posturing, no begging you to thing they’re cool, no BS. You get these songs and you like ’em or you don’t. Now f off. (JR)

fasterandlouderblog.blogspot.com (USA) May 2019 ALIEN SNATCH! Records just keeps on killing it! Out now on the legendary German label is the second self-titled album from Moral Panic. It follows up the band's 2017 debut on Slovenly Recordings, and I must say that this Brooklyn trio sounds even better the second time around! Formed out of the ashes of the absolutely terrific Livids, Moral Panic plays scorching garage punk smashing head-on into late '70s Midwestern punk rock (the band even covers "Not Now, No Way" by the almighty Pagans!). What's not to love about that?! The label makes a Carbonas comparison, and I will not argue with that at all. Hot damn, is this album ever a face-melter! In just 19 minutes, it delivers 10 blistering tracks chock full of pissed-off vocals, red-hot guitar leads, and legit catchy tunes. And Jeff Burke's magic touch with mixing and mastering sure doesn't hurt. If you're into fast and furious punk with hooks, this is about as good as it gets! (Josh Rutlegde)

yellowgreenred.com (USA) Sep 2019 Second full-length album from Brooklyn’s Moral Panic, and just like the first, it’s self-titled. They’ve apparently got better things to do than name their albums, and considering the crisp, hardcore-influenced garage-punk they’re doling out, I suppose I can’t complain. Much like their debut, I’m reminded of Video, as well as Career Suicide and Carbonas, maybe a little Dead Boys too, but there’s no confusing Moral Panic with a band that existed decades ago. They’re tight and to the point, and while they may lack the bite or individual edge one might associate with a group released by Total Punk or Feel It, Moral Panic run through their set with confidence and skill. The only thing I’m waiting for is some distinguishable aspect to Moral Panic’s songs, of which there currently really isn’t, but perhaps distinction is not their goal so much as tough, workmanlike garage-punk. To their credit, the song “Flower Violence” has a chorus of “so sick of this flower violence / just want some power violence”, which may be the first instance of a garage-punk band celebrating Man Is The Bastard and Crossed Out in song. It’s a start! (JC)

GERMAN

OX #145 August 2019 Titellos war bereits das 2017er Debütalbum der in Brooklyn, NY ansässigen Band, die damals auf Slovenly veröffentlichte und jetzt zu Alien Snatch gewechselt ist mit diesem aufs Wesentliche reduzierten Punkrock-Snack: Die zehn Songs auf 45 rpm sind nach knapp zwanzig Minuten durch. Ähnlich egal wie das mit dem fehlenden Titel dürfte der Band sein, dass es schon andere mit diesem Namen gibt, der freilich so perfekt passt, dass man diese Wiederholung verzeiht. MORAL PANIC klingen für mich schon vom Namen her wie das, was geboten wird: Snotty Punkrock mit auch mal gniedeliger Gitarre, angepisstem Gesang und mächtig Drive. PAGANS (deren „Not now no way“ wird hier gecovert), DEAD BOYS, DICTATORS und Co. wurden wiederholt in diesem Kontext bemüht, die Wiederholung macht den Vergleich nicht lahmer oder unzutreffender. Zeitlose Musik, nicht nur für Traditionalisten. JH 8/10

FRENCH

Dig It ! (FRANCE) Aug 2019 Attention MORAL PANIC déboule à 200 à l'heure ! Fast powerpunk à la CARBONAS avec de légères touches de hardcore et des morceaux qui me rappellent les Dirtys ("Gear Guy"), voire les NEW BOMB TURKS ou les CANDY SNATCHERS... Une belle cover du "Not Now No Way" des PAGANS en prime..(GC)

Voix de Garage (FRA) AUG 2019 Ce jeune groupe new yorkais perpétue une tradition locale du fast Punk cracra et quand même mélodique. Voici leur 2ème album (le 1er était chez Slovenly Rds). 10 chansons qui déboulent à pleine vitesse et ne durent pas longtemps (leur distance c’est 1’30 / 1’45), ça va vite et fort mais ça reste mélodieux ! Punk 77 stylee / Pop Punk / Power Pop ultra vitaminée !!! Des références ? Oui mais à quoi bon ! DU BONHEUR et c’est tout ! Direct et pas prise de tête. Mais parfaitement maîtrisé ! Pile en pleine gueule ! (GS)

SPANISH

1minutodegloriazine.com (ES) SEP 2019 Alien Snatch ha pillado una buena racha. Primero el segundo LP de Moral Panic, mezclado por Jeff Burke (el calladito de Radioactivity y Marked Men). Los chicos estos son de Brooklyn, con varios ex-miembros de los Livids (donde cantaba Eric de los New Bomb Turks). En este disco aprietan el acelerador y le meten más melodía, sonando a cosas como Kidnappers o Mandates en su buena época. La versión de los Pagans se la podrían haber ahorrado, por suerte Art School no es una versión de los Jam

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