One of the great things about street punk is its unrelenting, no-BS approach to punk. Anchored by its working-class upbringing, a (mostly) progressive outlook of life and at times, nihilistic attitudes, it is arguably punk at its most unequivocal. Melbourne punks Blind Man Death Stare are no-frills punk that show their love for melody but are firmly entrenched in the street punk mantra.
Taking cues from English bands that made the genre a household name, Blind Man Death Stare
Everybody loves a good 30-second track and you get one with “Pinch & Roll”, and when it comes down to it, the only real stumbling block comes with the title track. The mid-tempo choral arrangement is in contrast to the breakneck pace of the rest of the song leaving it a little jarring. But shortcomings don’t last long, and if you can’t smile at the ska-flavored closing of “Reprise” with its ode to self-love, then well, this slab of punk probably ain’t for you.
Blind Man Death Stare are unabashed at who they are; no-frills, uncompromising street punk, and their latest album, Comin’ In Hot, is as effective and enduring as a swift combat boot to the head.