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Album Review

This Chicago-based quintet clearly believes in the notion that "old punk is best punk," and for a bunch of young whippersnappers, they roar through a set of tunes in the 1977 manner with as much snot, firepower, and élan as you could hope for. The Busy Signals are a long, long way from reinventing the wheel on their self-titled debut, but they know how rock & roll works and lay it out with skill and confidence. Lead singer Analucia (no last names for this bunch) shows a healthy portion of Chrissie Hynde-style attitude and equally impressive vocal chops, while Kevin and Eric both deliver top-shelf guitar firepower without getting in one another's path. The rhythm section keeps things fast and lean (the album zips by in less than 24 minutes) and drives these tunes like the proverbial Airmobile; "Matter of Time," "Plastic Girl," or "Stereo" would have sounded pretty swell on any random Sire Records LP released between 1977 and 1979. Blast from the past? Not quite, but The Busy Signals sure get the first part of that equation right.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The Busy Signals was the lo-fi loop-pop solo project of Minneapolis-based Howard W. Hamilton III, a onetime roadie for Babes in Toyland, who later appeared in the band Saucer. Selling his car to fund the purchase of an eight-track and a sampler, he adopted the Busy Signals moniker to issue his Sugar...
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