By Christine Leonard
DOWN BY LAW –
[ Pine Hill Records]
If you need a quick orientation to the work of SoCal punk legends Down by Law, look no further than their definitive 1991 song “Right or Wrong.” An unpolished skate punk spat that beats its fists against the entropy of existence, that raw and ready anthem came to represent the detritus that was swirling about in the minds of an era’s wasted youth.
Cue a montage of world tours, drained swimming pools, patched up denim vests and endless moshpits, suddenly it’s three decades and eleven albums later and vocalist Dave Smalley (ALL, Dag Nasty, Dave Smalley & The Bandoleros) is still putting out melodic albums that simply rock.
Pulling from the band’s surf-soaked roots, their new 10-inch vinyl EP is a slick guitar-driven soundtrack for sailing away from your post-modern problems. No regerts, as the misspelled saying goes. Redoubt displays its roadrash scars and stick-and-poke tattoos with an air of pride. From the open waves of “At the Redoubt” to blue barrel-riding fish taco “For Your Eyes Only” and the lazily ambitious “Boring Things” (sung by guitarist Sam Williams), Down by Law’s latest will have you reaching for your board shorts and wallet-chain.Down By Law