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This gritty and powerful second release from Brooklyn’s Freshkills is a declaration of the band’s jaunt into the spotlight after earning their dues with 2006′s debut Creeps and Lovers, and rightfully winning approval from the “scene” (i.e. Vice). They hearken back to a time of simpler riffs, vocal repetition coupled with slight remnants of hardcore punk and a constant drumkick that drills into your brain. “I Quit Smoking” is a timeless and sly anthem that could have been a track from a vintage John Hughes film. “Revelations” and “Caroline” emit a nervous repetition, inflicting a portrait of New York in the “old days,” when music wasn’t afraid to be daring, dirty and slightly destructive. (self-release) –Andrea D’Alessandro