ASHTONES play a very simplistic iteration of dirty punk rock, that makes no compromise and will rock your bones all the way through to the end of the album, taking influence from the punk bands to come before them, I can hear bits of SEX PISTOLS and THE RAMONES mixed with a bit of the latter day punk rock sounds of bands like RANCID and BAD RELIGION.
I like what we do on the records, but it’s hard to reproduce live, because we’re a three piece, but we re-write the songs for a live approach, and I really like that too.
If there are any fans of Spike or Frankie Miller who are on the fence regarding whether to get this album or not, then I would say to definitely buy it. The same goes for anyone with an open mind and an interest in quality songs played by some of the best in the business. Despite being a bit of a departure from my usual riff-filled listening, I thoroughly enjoyed this album, although, for me personally, I would have preferred a bit less of the country influence on some songs but that’s just me. If you appreciate that style of music then I imagine your rating would be even higher.