It's Casual CD review {Friendly Hills Recording Co.]

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It's Casual CD review {Friendly Hills Recording Co.]
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May 22, 2007, 02:45

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IT'S CASUAL The New Los Angeles CD

It's Casual—hopefully named in reference to Cameron Crowe's 80's classic Chris Penn vehicle The Wild Life—is a Los Angeles duo committed to bringing back no nonsense, socially relevant hardcore. The New Los Angeles, their third album, is a concept album about life in the city of angels, and sounds like Black Flag's Damaged if it were played through Orange amplifiers. The lyrics are a hoot. “The Red Line” observes how the freeways are “not so nice,” while cries of “Los Angeles! / There's too many people! / I want them to go away” recall Rollins at the apex of his misanthropy. Despite their unabashed reverence, It's Casual are one of the more refreshing and inspired bands of their kind to come along in a while, and though each song deals with a certain famous city in the smog, The New Los Angeles is a breath of fresh air. [Friendly Hills Recording Co.]

-James Jackson Toth

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