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The Pests / Press

“Originality and an appreciate for ones roots is a rare thing in today's music industry. So many stars are manufactured and put in the spotlight in a very rushed format that people forget the days of underground clubs, dark bars with loud, intense music that kept the blood pumping, and most of all, unique music in both vocals, lyrics, and melody. One such band has not forgotten it's roots, and is paying homage to the days of punk rock at it's finest with the release of their upcoming DIY album, A Damn Fine Mixture. That band is The Pests, and they are the definition of originality at its best. Based out of New Orleans, the band is unique in that they aren't interested in making friends, playing nice with music executives or in a big payday, but rather in sticking to their artistic vision and making some kick-ass music. Finding inspiration for their music is difficult, because they are truly unique in an industry full of commercial chameleons. Just a clip, whole review onrequestmag.com”

“Though the Pests – Steve Halprin (guitar, vocals), Chuck Diesel (bass), and Mazz-1(drums) – are labeled punk, their sound is really all over the place. You can find influences of such bands as Helmet on “Meaningless,” which rattles the teeth with its guitar riffs and low end bass clatter. “I Wanna Run” has a bit of a System of a Down feel to it with the chaotic vocal delivery, and there are several songs which are flat-out hardcore. The band is driven in their do-it-yourself ethos, but don’t take things too seriously as a few of their song titles demonstrate – “Rage Against the Vending Machine” “Meat Cleaver” and “Pants On Fire.” However, like every good punk does, The Pests also tackle more serious issues such as politics, strife, and inner struggles. ‘A Damn Fine Mixture’ is an appropriate title for this album, considering tis album, considering the mash-up of genres they incorporate. Also apropos is the band’s name, because these songs come in flyi”

“A review from musicreviewer.com by Joe Hartlaub If you are in New Orleans and ask a group of thirty-somethings about The Pests, you will invariably be greeted with a couple of guys who start chanting “I hate my girlfriend!/and I hate my girlfriend’s friends!” Yes indeed. The Pests, recently and blessedly reformed, are a punk legend whose shows around New Orleans in the mid-1990s were legendary events. While busily recreating the magic, and performing --- as well as recording --- new material, the reissue of Simplified, their debut CD, sounds every bit as great as it did when first released in 1995. Maybe even better. The Pests are a conundrum in the sense that while their music is informed by The Clash, they are --- and yeah, Too long to fit here - more here... http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/pests”

Joe Hartlaub - music-reviewer.com