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Destitute-CEO is both the name of the one-man band helmed by Early Gates of The Ray Gradys and his debut four-track EP. This affair gets right down to business and is packed with rebellious tendencies rendering a precise punk rock buck the system salvo crammed with attitude. Armed with an arsenal of sneering commentary aimed at living life under the thumb of Corpoate America (“Homophones and Double Negatives”) as well the cost of staying true to yourself (“A Poverty Vacation”), Destitute-CEO fuses guitar gymnastics and anthem-like choruses of seminal bands like The Clash, Rancid, and Bad Religion into a veritable punk rock jubilee that hits smart and hard.
- Mike SOS