Crisis Hotlines- Artificial 7". Austin, Texas has given the world some pretty bad ass music over the years. When a group of those bad asses form a new musical gang things get even more bad ass. The Crisis Hotlines are a prime example of that. With members of Love Collector and the Horribly Wrong (who weren't an Austin based band but a few members moved there) this band sure does know how to whip up a racket. Crisis Hotlines lean up against the same wall that the Dicks and Ramones kicked holes in decades earlier utilizing a similar mid-tempo, punk rock approach that’s dumb, silly and fun. This 7” shreds with four tracks of quick, aggressive, REAL punk rock with an oafish, pissed off screamer and lots of razor blade guitar shreddin’ to hammer home their point. They manage to keep things energetic and interesting without being syrupy and showcase their influences without being overtly nostalgic. Thumbs up. Import from Sweden.