Satanic Surfers – Unconsciously Confined

Satanic Surfers
Unconsciously Confined

If you’ve read my reviews on pop-punk before, you know I don’t really like it. It tends to have nothing to say, it’s a watered down genre of what was started by The Ramones and The Clash. But then again, every once in a while a punk band comes along and catches my ear, and this CD has done just that.
Although I think they have a stupid name, this European punk band reminds us of what punk can sound like. Politically charged lyrics with beautifully intricate guitar lines and masterfully produced vocals make this a CD to be listened to over and over. I can’t get enough of it.
Songs like this are a joy to listen to, songs like “4 AM” whose first lyrics are, “I woke up at 4 AM to go back to sleep” go on to describe the injustice of the justice system and the tragedy of crime in the inner city. But the whole CD isn’t politically motivated; songs like “Forfeiture” and “Thoughts, Words, Action” make up the anti-capitalist views of the band. But songs like “The Sing-along Summer Song” describe the joys of being in a band or in love or just being alive.
Though the default punk drumbeat is ever present on this album, it is still a joy to listen to. And my only complaint is the name. Geez, we have enough satanic bands, and no one can top the Butthole Surfers, so they’re doomed on both accounts. But looking past the goofy name, the Satanic Surfers are a breath of fresh air in a world of watered down punk rock.