Not everybody had the dexterity required to crawl out of the 3516 basement unscathed. But not only did HAVE NOTS survive their first show on Halloween 2006 at the fabled jubilant purgatory of punk in Jamaica Plain (where an apparently nice, mellow Christian family moved in after the landlord rebuilt the joint), they’ve since mastered the craft of state-smashin’ ska punk. No gimmicks, no “post-whatever” pretension, no accordion player or anything. But if you like punk rock, you will like this. Fuck, if you don’t like punk, maybe you’ll start to if you listen to the Nots’ four-star-worthy newest, Proud. Behold: “Louisville Slugger,” a rousing reminder that it’s beyond uncool to slap your significant other around. They release Proud with two shows this weekend at the Middle East: May 7 with Razors in the Night, . . . Side Effects, and Lenny Lashey’s Gang of One, and then an all-ages matinee May 8. Grab the “Louisville Slugger” MP3 right now!
DOWNLOAD: Have Nots "Louisville Slugger" [mp3]