Cobra Skulls - Bringing the War Home EP
Record Label: Fat Wreck Chords
Release Date: January 18, 2011
Cobra Skulls is one of Fat Wreck Chord’s newest bands so if you love their other groups, chances are you’ll love them just as much. And while this is their debut EP for the label, this is far from their first release. The Reno, Nevada trio formed in 2005, eventually signing with Red Scare before making the move to Fat, similar to label mates Teenage Bottlerocket.
How is it?
Bringing the War Home is an EP that’s filled with songs that are as political as they are poppy, a little bit like Against Me! perhaps. “ICE in the Night” is a serious track about the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for example, but it’s also got one of the catchiest choruses on the record. “Hot Sand” is where the EP’s title came from and the bass really stands out under the choppy guitar intro. They've come a long ways from putting the word "cobra" in every single song title, but they haven't made a huge departure from the intelligent, fast paced punk songs they're known for. Devin Peralta’s voice sounds much stronger and this EP truly contains some of the best songs this band has written.
Since their cover of Bad Religion’s “Give You Nothing” already appeared on the Germs of Perfection tribute, it would have been nice to have a new track in its place. Especially since this release is super short and no song goes over three minutes. Otherwise, this EP accomplishes what it was supposed to do. It gives you tiny a taste of their new material and it leaves you demanding more. If the upcoming full-length is anything like this, it’s totally going to be worth the listen.