NASALROD: Steward: 7” EP

There was a time when punk bands strove to sound completely different from the bands before and after ‘em on a given bill, and it’s clear that these cats are very much on that wavelength. Working from a punk base, they slather on heaping gobs of free jazz, art rock, and a buncha other shit and end up with songs dense with rhythmic shifts, time changes, and the ability to make what they’re doing sound both partially improvised and worked out to the smallest minutiae. I imagine folks will inevitably trot out the Fear comparisons ‘cause their drummer is none other than Mr. Spit Stix, but, honestly, these cats have a sound all their own, and I for one am chuffed they do.

 –jimmy (Nasalrod, nasalrod.com)