RUBBER CITY REBELS- Pierce My Brain LP. For a brief moment in time, northeast Ohio became a hotbed for record labels looking to sign bands during the punk era due to the success of Devo, The Pretenders and The Dead Boys. The problem was Devo and The Pretenders fled the USA for England, while The Dead Boys became stars in the New York City club scene. Northeast Ohio didn't develop talent as much as having talented groups wanting to take the next step forced to leave the area to get "discovered." But perhaps the best of the "second wave" was the Rubber City Rebels. The band packed enough musical power and quirky lyrics to earn the label of a "punk band," but delivered so much more. Great album here showing how one band developed in a region not really known for riding new waves of music and got that one brief shot on the national scene. Twelve tracks of classic, late-'70s Ohio punk, played raunchy, raw, and vicious.