The Neighborhood Bullys make sure you get it all--good and hard. Songwriter/bass player Davey Meshell serves up equal parts first wave punk (you know, when it was more attitude than fashion statement?) glam- rock, R&B and Soul. The record is produced by Mike Chapman (Blondie, The Knack, and the Sweet) so any dissonance in genres is cooked down in a heady power-pop stew. There aren't many rough edges here. Punky affectations aside these guys can really play and Chapman's production provides the sheen that makes this a really impressive debut. There's great synergy between the two guitarists-- Tex Mosley and Michael Hays. It's damn refreshing to hear a new band that has already established a distinctive guitar sound. Sure the references to the NY Dolls or T Rex might leap out of the speakers at you and Meshell has an uncanny ability to sound like a cross between a young Elvis Costello and the soulful Willy DeVille. But the energy is undeniable. It all sounds new again. Songs like 'Spin It,' and 'I'm Bored Let's Fight' just flat-out put a smile on my face. At a time when it seems like popular music is balkanizing endlessly into countless genres and sub-genres, the Neighborhood Bullys have gone and made a goddamn RAWK record.