14 July 2009
GOOBER PATROL have been around for over 20 years now, and been members of the Fat Wreck roster for ages. These are their first two recordings, made right after they started. As a 4 piece, they play solid fast hardcore, but when their singer left after that session in spring '88 and drummer Stu (the only dude still in the band) took over vocal duties, they got rawer, faster, sloopier, and our pal Stu got WAY looser on the drums...the drum intro to "Make Your Own Way" sounds like one of those "everything is falling apart" drum chaos over guitar noise intros, but then you realize: "That's the fucking drum part!" The result is punk as shit, even though you can tell they were trying to get more melodic (the backing vocals totally give away the direction the band would eventually take).