Named after the Japanese subway workers who physically stuff human beings into crowded Tokyo commuter trains, Austin, Texas’ PUSHMEN’s nine blistering tracks on their debut will grab you with the talent from this group of veterans. The band is composed of guitarist Mark Nathan (Heartless Bastards), drummer Kevin Fender (The Sword), bassist Cooper (Made Out Of Babies, Bad Powers, Players Club), and vocalist Craig Moore and guitarist Joey Cortez (Employer Employee, Ratking, Sea of 1000).
Starting with “Child From Chaos”, is a blast of aggression and power that sets the scene for the rest of the album with the fury on this track. “Vortex Philosophy Blues” has a great guitar riff starting the song, mix in the thundering drums, the heavy bass, and the screamed, guttural vocals and you have a track that is one punch away from a complete knockout. “Amass” has a slow, dragging you down into the pits of hell beginning that soon turns into the kind of song that will get your head banging, your air guitar skills tested and has a ton of melody as well. “Blaze Some More Hate” has a great punk sound that verges on the scum rock scene and made for a great riff heavy track. The guitar work is utterly amazing, the riffs are intense and very heavy, the drumming is relentless, the bass is heavy, yet has a lot of melody and the gruff, shouted vocals really give this a nice edge of anger and aggression that covers the punk and metal overtones on the album. The production is thick sounding and a little dirty which makes this even heavier sounding and more powerful. “…Silenus Beside Me”, and closer “Western Medicine” were other standouts on the album.
The band really turns things up to eleven on this album, destroying the land before them and giving the kids a new reason to turn up the music and drive mom and dad crazy. For a debut, they really nailed it and I can’t wait to see what they will do next time.