It’s easy to declare punk has been stolen by record execs, co-opted by radio stations, and cheaply marketed by MTV and Hot Topic. Yet, as true as such statements might be, these counter-cultural critics often forget that punk was never exclusively about the music; it was about standing against the mainstream in any possible form or fashion. So, what better way to do that then to seek to create that rarest of rare musical commodities – beautifully meaty punk music that’s both introspective and extroverted. So, with the release of their catchy and earnest debut record, An Evening of Bad Decisions, Static Radio NJ seeks to gain entry into that rarified pantheon by singing from the tops of their lungs, but exposing their hearts all the same. Hailing from New Jersey (duh!), this relentless four-piece brings the noise on a thirteen-track album that features some of the most authoritative double-time drumming this side of early ‘80s DC hardcore, as well as lyrical themes rooted in the band’s home, but that are accessible to listeners from all locales. With key cuts like “Marc,” “Statelines,” “Fin,” and “Who’s Laughing Now,” Static Radio NJ should be making waves in the very near future, but don’t look for them to become part of the white noise that passes for music on the radio these days.