If anyone gives Joe Keithley shit for recording DOA's new record with Bob "Metallica needs me" Rock, the veteran West Coast punk should take it as a bonus - it means someone actually still cares about his 30-year-old band.
Besides, Rock doesn't mess with Keithly's songwriting formulas. Northern Avenger - DOA's 12th studio album - sounds reassuringly congruent with every angry pop-punk blast Keithley's ever recorded. The Hawaii-based producer does add expected gloss and sheen, sweeping some of Keithley's grit under the rug.
Otherwise, there are few surprises, though the aspiring BC politician's corporation-damning lyrics are certainly getting more articulate with age.
DOA arrive at the Horseshoe tonight (Thursday, November 13).