Problems Portland Punk Rock Music

“Cold Cold Rain / the Things I Know 7" // Reviews

  • Maximum Rock roll #342, Nov. 2011

    So the members of this group have been in PIERCED ARROWS, POISON IDEA, RESIST, DEFIANCE, DETESTATION, SEVERED HEAD OF STATE, and about every band to ever come from Portland, but you shouldn’t pick up this rad little two-song picture disc because of what these folks have done in the past. P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. stands on it’s own merits. The band plays well crafted hardcore punk with a fast and dirty rock n’ roll swagger. I’m pretty sure this band has only released two other EP’s of the same format in limited quantities, so you may have to fight some collector douche bag for a copy, but it is worth it. And no, the “Cold Cold Rain” song is not a DANZIG cover.

    - Brad Lambert, Maximum Rock roll #342, Nov. 2011

  • Equalizing Distort

    This is P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S.’ fourth EP. It is non-stop barreling punk like the shit that the bands that they played in prior did. Punk oozes out of this single in that fast dirty rock n roll sound that bands like the HELLACOPTERS perfected. But the subject matter comes from lived experience: “Why do I sit around in the cold, cold rain?” has to be about Portland. These are the things I know is pretty obvious. NEW BOMB TURKS meets TURBONEGRO. And limited pressing, self-released, clear see-through vinyl and you have a record that is going to be a collectors’ item by next month.

    - EQUALIZING DISTORT, Toronto, Canada, March 2012