"USS Horsewhip Wants You Dead" is the new full-length, and second release by USS Horsewhip. After a couple of line-up changes since their debut EP, Horsewhip set up shop at Riff Command and got to fuckin' work. This is the result: eight songs in just under forty minutes pressed on to plastic, and packaged in the kind of exceptionally beautiful digipak that was previously the domain exclusively of bedwetting pussies like Conor Oberst. Despite the lovely packaging (and the epic song lengths!) though, "...Wants You Dead" is punk rock to the core, bridging the gap between Venom's bratty proto-black metal, Drive Like Jehu's twisted, gnarled guitar riffage, and the unbridled fury of classic hardcore. Plus, there's a few melodies on here! And hooks!
Fans of Hot Snakes, The Bronx, Planes Mistaken For Stars, Rye Coalition, et all will NOT be disappointed.