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since 2001

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"White Knuckle Ride" CD


Genres: punk, punk rock, rock

4901-906 Morena Blvd. San Diego, CA

April 20 - 27 2002

"WAM BAM, DO IT AGAIN," yells the lead singer of the X-Impossibles on the rockin' "Dead Horse." It doesn't get much better than this; blazing guitars, mile-a-minute drumwork, and kick-ass vocals all come together to make one heck of an album. While it's true that there isn't much variety between the songs here, it's also true that this lack of eclectism is perfectly permissable in this case; why tamper with such an excellent formula?

On this album, The X-Impossibles take in a whole bucketful of influences - from The Ramones to The Stooges to The Clash and even a bit of The Descendents. What they lack in variety, they make up for in pure energy. Take "Action Man," for example. As one of the best songs on the album, it's a riff-racked, energetic piece of rock n' roll that's sure to get your feet stomping. By the end of it, the adrenaline will be churning through your veins like crazy. Meanwhile, "Nowhere to Nowhere" comes across as a great punk song; gritty axework, pounding drums, and irresistable chanted vocals are all sure to keep this tune in your head for a while. By the time you reach the end of the album, which is closed off by a startlingly powerful rendition of The Dead Boys' "What Love Is," you won't know what hit you - all you'll know is that you're completely drenched with sweat.

If you're seeking a nice dose of jump-started rock music, look no further - this album carries enough energy to keep every streetlight in New York City lighted for years.


Matt Shimmer