Burning Sons came together in 2010 “during a long winter” when the members’ other bands—which include Speedfreaks, Cry Coyote, and Test-Site—were on hiatus. The guys would get together, drink beer, and quickly bash out blistering, metal-tinged punk songs inspired by their shared loved of 45s put out by ’80s indie labels like Mystic Records, which released the band’s excellent Reduced To Equality LP in 2011. It’s a slab of white vinyl with enough gut-churning bile and mad, militaristic fury to reduce your stereo to rubble. Callous and venomous like most great punk rock—but not without its humorous moments—Reduced To Equality showcases a band that developed rapidly from a quick side project into one of the city’s most prolific names. The record captures all the energy of the band’s blistering live shows, tightened up (but not too tight) by Milwaukee’s star production team at Howl Street Recordings.