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  • January 08, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    Bugs and Rats’ recently released debut album, Smart as a Whip (NotCommon), is a smorgasbord of sludge-slathered riffs, noise-stained guitar leads, guttural screams, and drum abuse that would make In Utero-era Kurt Cobain proud. The Quincy trio, who met as teenagers and bonded over Black Flag and airbrush propellant fumes, make the nastiest, scummiest racket this side of Flipper, and live they look and sound as though they could fall apart at any second.

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  • January 06, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    DRIVE LIKE JULY's hyperactive-lunatic frontman, Silas Copathic, began his musical career as a mild-mannered trombonist in the Duxbury High School marching band. But as he came out of his shell and became more psy-chopathic (get it?) over the years, he started writing minor-key-melody-driven punk-metal tunes, perfected his scream, and put a band together.

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