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Album Review

Hailing from the forsaken desert wilderness of California's Salton Sea, Throw Rag does something that surprisingly few other punk bands do these days: they sound an awful lot like the Dead Kennedys, circa 1980. Where most purveyors of non-metal heavy music these days refer to themselves as "post-hardcore," these guys are very definitely pre-hardcore. Listen to "Lil' Danny" and ask yourself how much it reminds you of "Police Truck," and check out the twisted cowpunk saga "So. 5th St. (Country in O.G.)" and picture the Pogues if Shane MacGowan had grown up in the Imperial Valley. It fits, doesn't it? The funny thing is that Throw Rag started out as an insane acoustic psychobilly outfit, and have gradually (over the course of eight years) turned into the sort of weirdo pre-hardcore monstrosity capable of attracting — on its first album, mind you — guest appearances from the likes of Jello Biafra (whose antiestablishment hysteria is starting to sound a bit tired, if you want to know the truth), former Black Flag/Circle Jerks frontman Keith Morris, and the still-godlike Lemmy Kilmister. Unfortunately, not even Lemmy can save the band's ill-considered misappropriation of homeboy Merle Haggard's "Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down," but the originals are all good, whacked-out fun. Recommended to anyone who doesn't care about the state of his or her immortal soul.

Customer Reviews

Sailor Hats and Panties

I must admit that I had given up on Punk. I was sure that every possible song had been written, every show played, and that the only thing left to do was strap the green to the back of the truck for the sake of commercialism. Pre-packaged, industry created, focus group approved pretty boys whining about high school. That appeared to be the final evolution of what started as a pure form of angst, apathy and musical expression. Throw Rag has every ingredient necessary to remind us of what punk was, and apparently still is! Solid song writing, heavy three chord guitar riffs played just right, tight rhythm section, furious vocals and tasteful guitar solos. All this is enough to make me a believer, but when you include the fact that Throw Rag is currently the hottest live band on tour you have something not found anywhere else. This CD is a must for any real fan of punk.

Punk's not dead!

They make me a believer that punk is not dead. Thorw Rag has been able to bring back what punk is truly about. This ablum is by far one of my favorite punk albums to date. While other so called punk bands are "making it big" and changing their styles, Thorw Rag stick to what is good; the music. With hard hitting cords and catchy lyrics '13ft. and Rising' is a must have for any avid punk fan. Rock on!

Good Rock n' Roll Record

These guys sound like they know how to have a good time. They don't sit still on one idea or style very long. "I'd like to see 'em live" kind of energy. And don't believe the "professional" reviewer's opinion of the Merle Haggard cover. Personally, I thought it was a great Rock version of the classic country tune.


Formed: 1998 in Salton Sea, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

In the middle of the otherwise barren Colorado Desert in Southern California, second only to Death Valley in its utter desolation, there is the improbable Salton Sea, an enormous man-made saltwater lake created pretty much by accident in the early years of the 20th century. The crazed garage punk outfit Throw Rag are local boys, and the parallels between the landscape of their youth and the music they make are inescapable. Throw Rag's music brings together elements of vintage rockabilly, the Irish...
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