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Review: Downtown Boys Up the Guitars and Righteous Rage on ‘Cost of Living’

Review: Downtown Boys Up the Guitars and Righteous Rage on ‘Cost of Living’
 

This Rhode Island hardcore band’s 2015 LP, FullCommunism, was refreshing both in its white-knuckled attack and itsfar-left specificity (see “100% Inheritance Tax”). Produced by Fugazi’sGuy Picciotto, the Boys’ third album comes with the potent sonic upgrade theydeserve. The blaring sax outro “Lips That Bite” brings to mind theSeventies revelations of X-Ray Spex. But Downtown Boys aren’t about relivingother bands’ glories; on the Spanish-language “Somos Chulas (No SomosPendejas),” singer Victoria Ruiz carves white-supremacist ideology a newone, making her own utopia right before our eyes.

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