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THE XILES – ‘No Comply’ EP Review

THE XILES – No Comply

XilesXiles hail from Frederick, Maryland, USA.  Their latest release, No Comply, hit our inbox this month albeit a late 2017 release date. The seven-track EP begins with some of loudest, dirtiest guitar riffs I have heard in a while and Wrong Direction is an instant punk rock classic. There is a hint of The Cramps with Xiles but the DIY, raw punk wall of sound is reminiscent of early UK82 punk bands like Rabid and Chaos UK.

On the title track, No Comply, the bass guitar introduction sets up a brilliantly raw punk riff and excellent vocal treatment. The bass pounds along and the whole office turned into an impromptu mosh-pit as we played this one. I’m Fine maintains the garage punk vibe and sounds more like early Circle Jerks with a hint of The New York Dolls and Iggy and The Stooges.

By this point, the office is sold on these folks with the bass intro to Democrassy setting up a punk rocker with prominent lead vocals and a punchy backing track. Any song that contains lyrics wanting to “punch a racist in the face” is a winner for us! The fifth track of the seven is American Nightmare and it is another pounding mid-paced punk rocker with a soaring chorus and is followed by The Road To Nowhere. This is not a Talking Heads cover but a boisterous and visceral rocker.

The closer, Mad Man Of The Year opens with an Exploited style Troops Of Tomorrow marching drum but soon explodes into a angry critique of the “man of the people: Trump” with great riffs and vocals driven on by the superb rhythm section. There is a definite Dead Kennedys vibe and that is a massive compliment to a great band and super EP.

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