There are some who believe that nothing really lasts in Los Angeles.That it's a place for temporary and transient art, music and people. It's probably a good time for them to listen to Harmful if Swallowed. Born, raised, bred and inspired in LA, Harmful if Swallowed is explosive proof that yes, a killer punk band can grow up and evolve into a killer rock band.

For singer/guitarist Greg Martin, singer/bassist Carlos Nieto and drummer Jay Pinfold the goal is refreshingly simple and clear: preserve the punk attitude but wrap it around big, bold, unforgettable hooks that simultaneously grab both your heart and your brain ... and maybe a few other places too.

The smart, incisive lyrics reflect the fact that these guys have never stopped paying attention over the years. They get the joke and they're more than happy to let you in on it. And they cut their teeth way back when dodging spit and beer bottles which does more to polish performers than most probably realize. But they survived the scene that many bands never made it out of and when you listen to the music today it's clear that there's a good reason for that. Just listen to the folks over at KROQ FM. They've long understood that this band matters so they've always made a home for them there. Then just listen to the new music.

Songs like Blame, Forever and Sleepless are sparkling examples of modern rock that makes total sense. The edge that you feel is the real deal, honed over the years rather than created by a committee. But as good as the music sounds; as fresh and modern and triumphant and soaring and biting and addicting and provoking and exciting as it all is - it's not just the music that makes Harmful if Swallowed so special.

It's the attitude behind the music. That's what the X factor is. That's the curveball. You can't fake having been there and that's what makes this music so real. The punk history is sweetly layered through every new cut; baked in just as it should be..

But the bold modern edge is all new and all ready for the real world. They have re-engineered and re-invented themselves. They are the evolution of classic, melodic punk. There are some things that last in Los Angeles. And one of the best things is Harmful if Swallowed.

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