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The Candy Snatchers 

With the Hellbenders, Stepsister, and the Hurricanes. Monday, November 19, at the Blind Lemon.

"This is rock and roll!" howls Candy Snatchers frontman Larry May, as breakneck pop-punk fury rumbles behind him, spraying rudimentary rhythms, ultra-distorted guitar riffs, and copious mouthfuls of Pabst Blue Ribbon all over the place. Anyone with a hangover, a Ramones record, a cheap guitar, and a garage can realize this sort of glory, and that's precisely the point for these boys. Born in 1993 with a single on (potential Trivial Pursuit answer ahead) Sounds Like Shit Records, the Snatchers have steadily pounded out a dirt-simple punk ethos on multiple records/singles for multiple labels, currently splitting a CD with like-minded buddies the Cheap Dates. Result: 10 maniacally energetic tunes, only one of which sneaks past the two-minute mark. That tune, incidentally, is named "Ass Casserole."

This sort of thing can be played for laughs or testosterone-charged menace; the Snatchers seem split on which approach to take. In any event, there ain't no holdin' back. The band's semi-official website, ("endorsed by the band themselves, so fuck off"), prominently displays a photo of a severely bloodied Larry May -- mid-performance, of course. In past excursions to Ohio, May has limped onstage with a broken leg, which did not stop him from flailing about and whipping around the chair he had originally intended to sit on. Rock and roll does strange things to people.

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