Radio Zero: The Gateway District

The Gateway District – Some Days You Get The Thunder (It’s Alive Records, 2009)

I never got that into the Soviettes, but those former members of that group here deliver a set of songs that live up to the ragged greatness of their Minneapolis punk-and-roll predecessors (think Replacements/Hüskers/etc. when they were young and on FIRE) while sounding totally contemporary . . .  Beer, desperation, romance, the Mississippi, two girls’ voices intertwining and holding on for dear life until a guitar roars out of the darkness—this is how it’s done, and it sounds pretty damn great… start with 6, 7…

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