I got home from tour a few weeks later and finally started sifting through the pile of records I had bought in Europe. I didn't get very far though because this LP was towards the top of the pile and it hasn't really left my turntable since. I can't stop flipping this thing over and playing it again and again. It's a great mix of throwback 80s US hardcore and modern fast melodic punk rock. If I had to make comparisons the names Circle Jerks, early Bad Religion, the Dwarves, RKL, Angry Samoans, Career Suicide, and even Strike Anywhere would all probably come up. These Dutch lads have pretty much all I could want in a punk record: fast and catchy tunes with good hooks and smart lyrics pointing out the hypocrisies and ignorance of the world around us. The opening track, "Sick Burn", is probably the most humble song you'll ever hear from a band like this, and humble isn't generally a word found when discussing this music. The song is about understanding that you must be willing to take as much shit as we're dishing out. "Hate the Neighbours", "Xenophobe", and "See If We Care" deal with the troubling rise of nationalism and blind ignorance towards immigrants and minorities. "Observations", "Better Off Dead", and "Soft Money" sound like they could be Americans singing about our modern dealings with military occupation and the relationships between politicians and global corporations. It's sad to think the same things are going on half way across the world. It's really difficult to wrap up this kind of social commentary without coming off as trite and boring, but Brat Pack do it quite well. Let's hope they make their way to our American shores in the near future.