"What?" (Ruf Mix; 2008)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

The Neighborhood Bullys' "What?" is pure, unadulterated rock'n'roll.

Forget genres, forget comparisons to other bands, forget what's popular on the airwaves. Instead, just pop in "What?" and be immediately absorbed by the band's genuine rock'n'roll soul. If you're not hooked from the first track, "Let Me Be Me," you will be by the second, the irresistible "I'm Bored, Let's Fight."  And from then on, you can just sit back and enjoy the ride.

"What?" has an electric rock energy that hooks the listener from the beginning and doesn't let go. It's the same energy that "What?" producer Mike Chapman also captured for bands like The Knack and Blondie; it's a raw, stripped down, authentic sound that digs into your cerebellum like a spoon into cantaloupe.

Although it may not be hard enough or heavy enough for some Rough Edge readers ("What?" is more Rolling Stones than Rancid), this is one CD ... and one band ... definitely worth a listen.

The Neighborhood Bullys: Davey Meshell - bass guitar, singer; Michael Hays - Electric Guitar, background singer; Joey Galvan - drums, background singer; Eugene Edwards - electric guitar, background singer.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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