The Exterminators, a storied band of scofflaws and ne’er-do-wells who were part of the first wave of Phoenix punk rock, have reunited to release their debut album (!) ‘Product of America’, out Election Day (November 8) and available digitally and on limited edition blue vinyl through the Phoenix-based label, Slope Records.
Produced by Cris Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets, ‘Product of America’ is a recording of songs culled from a rare cassette tape of the band performing live in 1978 with the original lineup featuring Dan “Johnny Macho” Clark on vocals, his younger brother Doug “Buzzy Murder” Clark on guitar, Don Bolles on drums, and the late Rob Graves on bass (Kirkwood took over for the departed Graves on the new album). Commenting “I couldn’t be more honored to be asked to be involved with this record and fill in for Rob Graves, who, sadly, is no longer with us,” adds Kirkwood, who considers members of the Exterminators some of his best friends. “Who could turn down a project featuring, you know, such inspirational songs such as ‘I Hate You’ and ‘I Don’t Give a Fuck’?
Formed in 1977, the Exterminators went on a brief (nearly 40 year!) hiatus in 1978, with the various members going on to form a variety of seminal punk rock bands, including The Feederz and Victory Acres (Dan Clark), The Brainz and Mighty Sphincter (Doug Clark), The Germs, Celebrity Skin and Ariel Pink (Don Bolles) and 45 Grave (Rob Graves and Don Bolles).
In the band’s 40th Anniversary the new release was taken for a cassette from 1978, ‘Product of America’ sounds alright, staying close to the plan, without that thinner tape sound, also Larry Elyea and Doug Clark have carried mixing duties out well.
‘I Hate You’ opens, is brusing short and sweet given that Ramones CBGB blueprint, in terms of a sharp attack and no doubt of much appeal to all those Germs and early Meat Puppets fans. Personal faves ‘Static Planet’ more of a truuism now than ever, ‘First and Last’ also sounds strong as ‘I Don’t Give a Fuck’, ‘Not You’, ‘Patriotic American’ and ‘Your Head’.
Tight, blantant and direct, ‘Product of America’ in is yer face – happy days. 7.7/10
Johnny Macho, vocals
Don Bolles, drums
Buzzy Murder, guitar
Cris Kirkwood, bass
Produced by Cris Kirkwood
Additional Production by Larry Elyea
Executive Producer – Thomas Lopez
Recorded at Minds Eye Digital
Mixed by Larry Elyea and Doug Clark
Mastered by Paul Roessler at Kitten Robot
Asst. Engineer – Brian Bullard
Cover Photo – Michelle “Mitch” Phillips
Inner sleeve photos – Cole Cameron
Cover Concept and Layout – TPStank
Vinyl, 12″, LP, 33 1/3 RPM, Limited Edition, Stereo, 16 tracks, Royal Blue Vinyl, Gatefold, Liner Notes Insert by Don Bolles, packaged with a Dropcards.com digital download card