"Domestic Disturbance" (Punk Spark; 2008)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Broken teeth and bad tattoo rock'n'roll for the drunken outlaw in us all is what The Willycranes crank out on their 13-track "Domestic Disturbance." 

No frills and in-your-face with big guitars, cuts like "In a Sling" puts an arm around the downtrodden while "Velocity City" embrace Motorhead's loud, hard, and fast theory. 

Straight up and subtle, this band's brand of brew-filled power chord rock (i.e., "Shitkicker") is perfect to soundtrack a guy's night out on the town.

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"Happy Motoring, Gone Fighting" (Locomotive; 2005)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Spinning an elaborately nonsensical back-story about themselves (one that sounds like half-children's novel, half drug-induced brainstorm), the three Swedish dudes who comprise The Willycranes actually display the chops to transcend their whimsical tale into a cottage industry. 

Making a mad dash for the California melodic punk rock crown, tracks like "Little Freaky Box" and "The L-Song" emit the ultraviolet rays and fast-paced chicanery of NOFX and Lagwagon with both tongue-in-cheek and sneer-in-check, demonstrating that there may be skate parks in Stockholm after all. 

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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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