Problems Portland Punk Rock Music

“Sweet Little Thing” 7" // Reviews

  • Maximum Rocknroll Review of Problems 1st single (MRR 321)

    "Mr. Kelly Halliburton of PIERCED ARROWS fame has a new band called P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. The outfit features a number of Portland rock and roll luminaries. You have Bradley Frye on vocals, Scott Williams on guitar, Dean Johnson on drums, Matty K. on guitar, and Kelly on bass. This two-song monophonic blast was mastered by none other than Sir Frederick Cole and appears on Mr. Coles illustrious DEAD MOON-saturated Tombstone Records.

    The music presented by the P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. is punk rock played with abandon. This wild shit is 100% fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants rock'n'roll. The crazed singing and franticguitar playing could be likened to Raw Power-era STOOGES material! Side B offers the P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. theme song entitled - yes, just as you may have surmised... “Problems.” This fine guitar rant is a proper introduction to what is now one of the most exciting bands to appear on the Portland, Oregon horizon of late.

    Side A of the energetic Tombstone single 85 is a love song. More accurately, this is a song of failed love song called "Gotta Get Away From You." The vocals are strong as fuck! The guitars flail! The bass and drums pound on you! This is powerful rock'n'roll crafted by veteran punks!