AVERSIONS, THE: Nocturnal Ghosts: 12”EP

Jan 19, 2012

These Canadian boys launch their latest batch of U.K.-flavored punk with six new tracks and a booklet with gorgeous, desolate watercolor paintings accompanying each song. Guitar riffs both taut and spindly plus Touchstone’s nasal cry remind me a tad of Bauhaus or Sex Gang Children. This is exemplified in my favorite track, “With Elegance,” where the vocals bear a shade of Peter Murphy. Here they vacillate from minimalist Joy Division chords to the effervescent thrash of The Damned. If you miss that elusive goth/punk sound of the early ‘80s, you best pick this up.

 –Kristen K (Die In Style)