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Manilow

Cease and Desist

Review by Gary Hill

There are only four songs on this EP, but there is a lot of variety. These guys are considered punk rock and certainly there is a lot of that here, but it doesn’t end with that. There is a lot of Hawkwind sprinkled into the mix here. Additionally, psychedelia and more show up. It’s good stuff no matter how you label it.

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Track by Track Review
Missing

They waste no time. This powers in with a hard edged, driving riff that’s part old school rock and roll and part punk. The vocals land it more firmly in the punk area. Those vocals almost seem to me like a cross between The Sex Pistols and Hawkwind. This is great stuff.

Law Here
This is cool. It’s part space rock and part psychedelia. Those vocals really make me think of Hawkwind here. In a lot of ways, this doesn’t feel that far removed from Hawkwind overall. Sure, there’s a punky edge, but that’s not something unheard of in Hawk-music. The instrumental section at the end is particularly space-like.
Control Issue
A real screamer, this is pretty much hardcore punk at its finest. There’s no space rock here, that’s for sure. It’s a short tune, but they pack a lot into it.
Vitamins
Definitely punk rock based, this thing has a classic rock vibe, too. That’s particularly true of the killer instrumental section late in the piece. This is a real rocker, no matter how you slice it.
 
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