CD Review, Band: Total Chaos

Album: Battered & Smashed
Label: Stomp Records
Review: Christina Diaz

For the past 20+ years, Pomona Valley, CA hooligans Total Chaos have been bringing their signature brand of punk rock n’ roll to the four corners of the earth. Created out of the desperate need to save the dying genre (at the time that the market was saturated with commercial power pop), Total Chaos brought the music back to its roots of rebellion, defiance and activism. Alongside a dedicated few other bands who believed in the wounded genre and all that it represented, the band created a forum to convey important political and social viewpoints. The idea of social responsibility was a significant thing. From organizing peace punk picnics to protesting against the Gulf War- their music has meaning and stands for something.

Now in the new Battered & Smashed era, the message is stronger than ever before. There is a real sense of urgency pouring from the band when it comes to social and political reform. It oozes from their music and is undeniably sincere. After 21 years, Total Chaos has grown as a band and has seen many come and go- but they have always kept their original ideals of what their genre of music is all about. Regardless of what you believe, whether your scene is pop punk, street punk, hardcore, glam-punk straight edge, political punk, goth punk, skate punk, punkabilly, crust punk, metal punk, old school punk rock (the list goes on and on), Total Chaos’ musical style and message can unify them all. It all comes down to one community in the end, and that is PUNK ROCK!

Visit Total Chaos online at: www.facebook.com/totalchaospunx

CD Review, Band: Total Chaos