ANXIETIES, THE: The Next Mutation: CD

The bulk of the stuff mines the same early West Coast punk sound that The Briefs and many others have put to good use, with varying degrees of effectiveness. While most of the tunes easily fall smack into the middle of the nondescript pack, when they are good, like they are on “Lab Rats” and “Gotta Getaway,” they show a glimmer of the makings of a really good band. Cautiously optimistic about ’em, I am (and apparently prone to occasionally talking like Yoda).

 –jimmy (Lab Rat Industries)