Get Dead’s second album, Honesty Lives Elsewhere, is gritty, a little sloppy and the veneer has been completely stripped down to the primer – which is everything a punk rock album should be. Recorded in their San Francisco hometown between responsibilities to their day jobs and families, there is an urgency here not found in many of the poppier punk bands that have flooded the market over the years.
On songs like “Dyin’ is Thirsty Work” and “Grandiose,” the band show a lot of growth musically from 2013’s Bad News and on tracks like “Keep Rowing, Stupid” they experiment a bit with some cool backing vocals like never before. Sam King’s voice is still endearingly hard to understand at times, not unlike some of the brilliant British Oi and Street Punk bands of the 1970s, but that’s all part of the package. Punk rock’s not supposed to be pretty.