I’m going to keep this one rather short, as my thoughts are pretty minimal on the subject. The National Rifle hails from Philadelphia, a city featuring many other bands that interest me more.
I listened to the trio’s five song EP of upbeat punk-rock. First off, the recording sounds like a basement mix. I honestly hope they didn’t pay an extravagant price for having it done. It’s a shame too, because it would have made a slightly better impression on me recorded somewhere else.
“OK Hole” isn’t that bad, mainly thanks to the singer/guitarist’s catchy riff combinations. The line “everybody lets you down” sticks out from the opener, but when gang vocals begin spelling “L-E-T D-O-W-N” the sheer corniness had me changing my mind.
The National Rifle has six years under their belt, but they have little to distinguish themselves apart from a sloppy college band.