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Pistol for a Paycheck

"Into the Arms of the Mother of Hate" CDR

Endless Vertigo Music

Genres: garage rock, indie rock, punk rock

band website

Nov 3 - 9 2003

It isn't hard to imagine Pistol for a Paycheck starting their career in their parents' garage.  They are a gritty, noisy band that blends punk rock carelessness and energy with indie rock melody.  The twelve songs on their new album, Into the Arms of the Mother of Hate, are explosive, messy numbers - they are short and potent, but often bland and imperfectly performed.

This album gives off the impression that the PFAP sound is best suited to a live atmosphere.  While the two best songs, the metal-riffed "Poetic Injustice" and "Pretty Ugly" come out pretty well on this album, the rest are dull, mediocre affairs that don't really shine without any live excitement.

Into the Arms of the Mother of Hate is only five bucks, and if you're into homestyle garage rock and punk music - that being low on melody but high on energy - it could make for a worthy investment.  That said, however, in a grand sense this disc is little more than a fun diversion.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]