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CD Review: S.T.U.N. like it rough

Evolution of Energy
Geffen Records

Punk is not dead. It is alive and kicking on Evolution of Energy and it's as angry as ever.

This Los Angeles band's debut album bristles with adrenaline and the conviction of youth - Johnny Rotten and Joe Strummer should be glad to know their revolutionary torch has been passed on to a new generation of musical agitators.

S.T.U.N. is an acronym for Scream Toward the Uprising of Non-Conformity, but unlike many of its punk-predecessors, the band does not preach revolution and destruction for its own sake. Guitarist and songwriter Neil Spies describes the music as "chaos that creates love and unity."

The guitars are loud, the drums driving and the vocals are spat rather than sung. But the songs are surprisingly melodic and catchy and S.T.U.N. knows silence is the secret ingredient in all music.

"Annihilation of the Generations" is one of the album's stand-out tracks. Echoes of The Clash resonate throughout this memorable anthem.

The album's relentless energy winds down with the punk-ballad "We Will Come to You," a gothic call for strength and individuality.

S.T.U.N. will be opening for Marylin Manson at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton on Oct. 20.

-Nicole Laidler



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