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Blasted Diplomats’ self-titled debut might be the most Midwestern, blue-collar rock and roll record out of Chicago this year. With their confident barroom swagger, Blasted Diplomats combine an early 80s punk swagger with warm “Live Rust” riffs and anthemic alt-rock. It’s a similar combination that made pacific Northwestern acts like Mudhoney and even Pearl Jam a success, so it’s no wonder it works here. The thing is, Blasted Diplomats are still on the uptick with an edginess and maturity that enable them to take simple melodies and shape them through high adrenaline guitar lines and propulsive rhythms, particularly on standouts such as, “Wait Remainder” and “See Through Walls.” Loud Loop Press.