The Dunedin, New Zealand trio released its debut album, FLORISTRY, this past January. “Pinker Sea” is one of several great songs on the LP.
Once a week, I feature a review from the original print version of The Reconnoiter. I began publishing it in November of 1990. It followed a smaller version of the fanzine, which was called The Cog (1985 – 1989). I periodically published The Reconnoiter until December of 1994. The following is a review featured in the debut issue. It’s of D.O.A.’s MURDER (1990).
Album number five is their most energetic in awhile. With each LP, the band seems to sound a little less hardcore and a little more hardrock. The over production here doesn’t help much either. However, the fierce guitar rock along with the socially-responsible lyrics make it a descent release. Over the past 13 years, D.O.A. has yet to lose the attitude or style that make it the best band to come out of Vancouver. Chris Prohom replaces Dave Gregg on guitar. How many different line-ups does that make this? Joey “Shithead” Keithley’s growling vocals chainsaw through the cover of Creedence’s “Midnight Special,” a song that demanded the freedom of Nelson Mandela. “No Productivity is a cover of the Subhumans (from Canada) tune – a group bassist Sunny Boy “Whimpy” Roy used to play in. Also revived is “Waiting For You – Part 2” from the ’81 HARDCORE LP and “Warrior Lives Again,” which was originally entitled “The Warrior Aint No More” – here with new lyrics. Three new faves are “We Know What You Want,” “No Productivity,” and “Concrete Beach.”