More power to Digibot for taking on the kinds of subjects that pop and rock acts who've "made it" often avoid when they're not piggybacking on some expensive international do-gooder concert event. The inhumanity of Gitmo, the dubious career of George W. Bush in and out of politics, the "me, me, me" consumerism that threatens to destroy the planet - the long-lived Madison punkers tackle all of them on Brutal. And they pull no punches. Hey, I'm still digging on the to-the-point refrain of the half-screamed "U Luv W," a crunching anti-pop tune worthy of Fear that drops the F-bomb with laudable conviction.
Not everything here packs the same wallop. But fans of politically potent DIY tunes will find plenty to enjoy, including "Nuclear War," an off-kilter anti-popper that manages to reference both Pere Ubu and Blur, and the positively catchy power-rocker "Satellite."