Chuck – Westward Ho! – Review


Westward Ho! (Fearless)
by Chaz Thorndike

Chuck makes me think of what Down by Law would sound like if they didn’t get all sissy pop on us. Asking a fast and furious punk band to do something innovative is like asking a lawyer to give you a straight answer, so don’t waste your breath. But Chuck serves it up quick, tasty, meaty, and, like practically everything else out there, it’s produced by Ryan Greene. Big, rumbling NOFXian drums, manic strumming of a few well-placed chords, and vocals on the tougher side of punk. The cover of Men at Work’s “Overkill” was, like, really fast, but not especially interesting. Westward Ho! has many good, head-bobbing moments, but seems to follow the current speedpunk formula a bit too closely. But fans of the “great” punk bands they’ve watched become slower, wankier, and bloated with success might just dig a little fresh juice. A favorite track is “P.O.C.” ’cause it reminds me of the theme from Laverne & Shirley for some reason.
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