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Exploding Fuck Dolls

"Crack the Safe" CD

Disaster Records

Genres: punk rock, punk, garage punk

Disaster Records
PO Box 7112
Burbank CA 91510

Nov 8 - 14 2004

As the story goes, The Exploding Fuck Dolls were one of the pioneer bands of the Orange County punk scene, which has since grown into a well-respected musical hotbed.  The nineteen recordings on Crack the Safe, a Disaster Records "archival" project, were all recorded between 1992 and 1997, featuring a rotating lineup of performers and a varied array of sounds.  The songs all share an explosive, melodic aesthetic, and will certainly be enjoyed by lovers of good, old fashioned punk rock.

As is always the case with their genre, Exploding Fuck Dolls are not for everyone.  With a repertoire as aggressive and punk-dedicated as theirs, this band is not out to make fans out of non-believers.  DIY numbers "Some Other Day" and "Fish Date" will not extend their fan base beyond the punk rocker contingent.  In short, if you're into the genre, you have an obligation to check Crack the Safe out; if you aren't, it will merely make for an intriguing artifact.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 19 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]