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Schwindy's Indie Music Spotlight: Johnny Throttle "Johnny Throttle"

I have come to expect good music from the good folks at Dirty Water Records (two Dirty Water releases made my favorite 12 albums of 2011). Enter Johnny Throttle. Mind you, this is a little different from previous Dirty Water releases I've received. Typically, they are fuzz-heavy garage rock albums. This is straight punk. And I don't mean pop punk. If you didn't know this was a recent release, you might guess it was made in the late 70s or early 80s. Yes, I mean that.

Really any song on this album is a good example of the old-school nature of this band. Two in particular are "Love Me Till I Come" and my favorite "I Wanna Be Your Ex." Both of these songs are bound to get people moving in the pit at one of their shows. "Spazztastic" is another great example of the real punk feel of this band. It's easy to imagine some old-time English punk band doing this song.

There isn't a lot of mystery here. Johnny Throttle is about loud, fast guitars and short songs. The longest song on this album is 3:14. For this band, that is practically an epic. If you like Buzzcocks or other old-school punk, this is definitely a band you should check out.

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