FATHER FIGURES, THE: Heaving Lifting: LP

This is the fourth Father Figures album, and it’s their debut on Slope Records. They self-describe as post-punk, but I think all they mean by that is that they’ve attained a level of musical maturity that they didn’t have when they were kids. Influenced heavily by Naked Raygun and Mission Of Burma, the intense vocals keep this record squarely in touch with its hardcore roots. The Father Figures clearly did some heavy lifting when they recorded Heavy Lifting, and it shows in the final product. A+, gentlemen! –Art Ettinger (Slope, sloperecords.com)