NEO CONS started playing around SF last summer, but I wasn't fortunate enough to see them first hand until a few weeks ago. There's an undeniable and infectious NEW BOMB TURKS hook in Jason's snarl, and it suits the '80 midwest HC steeped in KBD sensibilities just fine. After the first song of their show with UNLEARN/KRUEL in November, I heard a heckler start shouting out the lyrics to "Civilization's Dying," implying that NEO CONS sounded like ZERO BOYS. I'm not sure if it was meant as an insult (the heckler was considerably more spiky than anyone on the stage, so I think that might have been the intent), but the comparison is not entirely unwarranted...and rather flattering. Stripped down and simple hardcore punk; you will find nothing fancy crammed into the next five minutes, you will also realize that you often don't need anything fancy. The 0:07 that make up the chorus of "Don't Touch Me" are some of the finest seconds to be found on The Escape...enjoy.