Dau Al Set Less Than Six LP

The vocals sound like Paul Weller (JAM), the songs are intricate and somewhat pop-punkish (but without very strong hooks), and the lyrics socially conscious. The overall effect doesn’t excite like the best French bands, but provides inoffensive listening.

The Brigades Costa del Dole LP

Much more rockin’ than their previous releases, the BRIGADES cut loose with powerful pop-punk. Their style is a cross between mid-period CLASH and ’80s Brit-punk, while their lyrics are unabashedly political. Driving, well-recorded punk rock.