a Epitaph Records: Pulley

Scott Radinsky voice 

Mike Harder guitar 

Jim Blowers guitar 

Tyler Rebbe bass 

Tony Palermo drums 

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Like a guard dog gnawing on the mail carrier's shoe, Matters, PULLEY's fifth album for Epitaph, is steeped in tenacity and conviction. As the disc's dozen tracks attest, the Simi Valley-bred quintet's undeviating drive to craft vibrant, able-bodied anthems gives the group a distinct edge over the bulk of California's punk merchants.

Simply put, Matters -- produced by Matt Hyde (Slayer, No Doubt, Fu Manchu)
-- has more hooks than a Home Depot aisle. Just check "Huber Breeze," an amalgam of SoCal punk ferocity and Beach Boys-inspired harmonies, or "A Bad Reputation," which inaugurates this mighty rekkid with an unforgettable, don't-fuck-with-me tact.

"We kind of just stumbled into each other," explains frontman Scott Radinsky, talking about PULLEY's studio dalliance with Hyde. "It was good timing and a learning experience for all of us. It was cool to be working with someone different for the first time in awhile, but everyone hit it off and we're obviously really proud of the outcome."

And what glorious results this quintet has yielded on Matters, where Radinsky's unique lyrical outlook and capable, powerful pipes find model augmentation in the fierce, imaginative twin guitar offensive of Mike Harder and Jim Blowers. Of course, Tony Palermo's rapid, rabid drumming and the sturdy, reliable thump of bassist Tyler Rebbe are equally essential to the disc's heartfelt roar.

Formed in the mid-90s, when Radinsky -- then balancing punk rock with a career as a major league relief pitcher -- exited Ten Foot Pole. From there, the prolific PULLEY was born, carving out three well-received long players (1996's Esteem Driven Engine, '97's 60 Cycle Hum, and '99's self-titled release) in its first three years. With the advent ...




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