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[Germany] [Static Age]
Reissue of this 1982 German obscurity with great sound and full reproduction of the original fold-out cover. While by 1982 the US had switched over to hardcore, this five-song EP from Honkas reminds me more of tough, first-generation European punk like the Rude Kids or PF Commando, though fans of better-known bands like the Dead Boys will also see where Honkas is coming from. The mix is odd and uneven (which, for me, adds to the charm of this era and style of punk), giving this the outsider quality I associate with the best KBD punk. They even speed things up for “Kunst,” which has a proto-hardcore sound a la Teen Idles or even Upright Citizens. A deep cut for sure, but if you love ripping, obscure punk this is well worth your time. ( Sorry State )