Maximum RNR play the Bovine November 26. Rating: NNNN
Horns Up is six blasts from Toronto's second-in-line to inherit the rock throne currently occupied by Ian Blurton, but Blurton's probably not taking offence, seeing as he produced this slab of throaty punk 'n' roll. In keeping with the producer's technophobe bent, Horns Up was recorded entirely in analog (likely employing only the rarest amplifiers and mics), which gives the album a warm and fuzzy tone that doesn't compromise your need to increase volume. One caveat: though Horns Up claims to be a six-song EP, there's a love song called I Turn My Back that clocks in at mere 10 seconds, bringing this ephemeral gem to a whopping 7 and a half minutes.