ABORTED TORTOISE: An Beach: LP

Sometimes a band thrives in spite of a truly wretched name, and, well, Aborted Tortoise is one of those bands. Swaggering, fuzzed-out garage stuff that isn’t afraid to go knee-deep in Dick Dale-esque surf waters, or rapid fire, forty-second blasts of hardcore. Confident as hell, and surprising: there’s a decent amount of moving parts here, and between the disparate elements (the album cover, the band name, the surf/garage/hardcore amalgam), it shouldn’t necessarily work, but it does. Pretty dang good. –Keith Rosson (Bachelor)

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