Naked Raygun, Jettison

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 04.22.11 in Reviews


Naked Raygun
A hardcore group that straddles the line between fury and melody.

Naked Raygun turned up at the tail end of the '80s, as hardcore groups were beginning to either evolve or resign themselves to a lifetime of repetition underground. Jettison is the sound of that push/pull, straddling that line between fury and melody. "Soldier's Requiem" is about as perfect as a rock song can get, starting as pure energy and then starting to shatter, surrendering to a melodic guitar solo and irresistible group-hollers. "The Mule" invents the career of Against Me! in three minutes, and "Live Wire," with its pointed declaration of "All is not well in the land of the free!" is as doomy and desolate as anything Danzig ever dreamed.