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The Skipped

All Revved Up (mattmug13@yahoo.com)

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The Skipped is not a band to pass by. Coming with garrulous old-school punk, the Cleveland trio is equal parts hooks and High Life. As with getting drunk or laying rubber, it doesn't take much thought to get a kick out of the band's latest -- just a healthy sense of abandon and a bottle of Excedrin within arm's reach.

Singer-guitarist Matt Mugridge slurs and slobbers like a slightly more discernible Roger Miret. His guitar playing is Yngwie-worthy by punk standards (we're pretty sure we heard six, maybe even seven chords here), brightening the band's mostly mid-paced numbers with frothing solos. The Skipped's blue-collar rhythm section of bassist Bill Spear and drummer Paul Strachan adds heft to such cuts as "What You Got" and "Victim of the System" -- instant anthems that are all curled lips and clenched fists. For fans of vintage punk, All Revved Up will get your motor running.

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