ALTARBOYS, THE: Greatest Hits Volume Two: CD

Not to be confused with OrangeCounty’s Christian punk band The Altar Boys, this Portland band sounds like early Dwarves, except that the Dwarves were tight, and this is definitely less focused and tight. It has energy, but seems to be thrashing into nowhere. The main problem seems to be the recording levels, I think. The drums are lost in the mix here—all I can hear is a snare and an annoying, tinny cymbal. The guitar, however, is great in a sloppy punk way, and vocals are nicely dark. It just needs to come together more, somehow. Maybe this was a rushed recording. I’m guessing this band is best experienced live.

 –guest (Last Chance)