T.S.O.L. / Weathered Statues
T.S.O.L./Weathered Statues compiles the first two vinyl EPs from Los Angeles’ True Sounds Of Liberty. Though they underwent changes in members and direction, this 1981 artifact provides an early and exciting snapshot of the band’s ferocity, drive and politically charged angst. “Superficial Love” opens with descending power chords hammered-out in a slightly off-kilter attack as frontman Jack Greggors rails against the fake personalities of L.A., the United States military, and Ronald Reagan. Mike Roche’s muscled bass kicks-off “Property Is Theft,” a punchy mini-anthem with rabble-rousing, communist leanings. “No Way Out” gives paranoia an early theme-song, while “Abolish Government/Silent Majority” swaps communist viewpoints for anarchist ideals over a barrage of hyperactive rock ‘n’ roll temper tantrums. “World War III” expands on cold-war fears with catchy gang vocals. “Man and Machine” opens Weathered Statues with a noticeable improvement in songwriting and musicianship. The chiming title-track hints at the dark garage-rock direction of 1982’s Beneath the Shadows.