Municipal Waste – Slime & Punishment

This is music without scepticism; it is created with innocence as all good art should be. Municipal Waste are a band truly born out of time, weaned on a diet of beer, 80s music and films – they create their own version of what we now can see was creatively a great time. Lots of people feel the same way. Just look at the popularity of ‘Stranger Things’ or ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’. Part of this is the time of fast-paced change and global uncertainty. Fear is big business in 2017.

Municipal Waste are the antidote to all this. While the splendidly named ‘Slime & Punishment’ is consistent with the Waste’s previous output, the song-writing, musicianship and production are stronger and tighter than ever. I also feel there is more of a ‘crossover’ vibe here, certainly on tracks like the excellent ‘Shrednecks’ (how long before someone makes a horror movie with that title?). They are channelling their inner D.R.I.

Uplifting, happy and heavy – what more could you ask for?

(Nuclear Blast)



12/15/2017 Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
12/16/2017 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
12/17/2017 9:30 Club – Washington, DC

Artwork by Timothy “Shagrat” Jenkins

Steve Earles is author and co-author of numerous projects, including To End All Wars: The WWI Graphic Anthology, available summer 2014 (