It’s easy to have high expectations for Basement Benders because they feature folks from Future Virgins, Sexy, This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb, Tulsa, Hidden Spots, and Black Rainbow. When talented folks start a band, they bring with them experience, expertise, and fine-tuned ears, but your gut might mistakenly assume that there’s no way Lydiad can be as good as say, Front Seat Solidarity or Late Republic. I’m here to put your worries to rest and assure you that Lydiad is twelve tunes of pitch-perfect DIY punk. The live wire energy never lets up and the belted vocals pull you right in, especially on “Up North” and “Trick of the Light.” The songs are both deeply personal (“Betsy”) and universal, sharing experiences and tricky feelings that many of us can relate to. This is indispensable listening for any fan of DIY punk. The first pressing also includes a bonus 7” with two additional songs.
–Sean Arenas (No Idea)