BASEMENT BLACK / DEAD MECHANICAL / PRETTY BOY THORSON AND THE FALLING ANGELS / T: Dangerous Intersections II: 7” EP

Basement Black: Jawbox by way of None More Black. Busy bits, chewed concrete vocals. Sounds more like the foundation underground than the soaring tops of buildings. I understand it’s only one song, but want them to break free. Dead Mechanical: I really think DM is a band to watch and seek, but this song sounds like an onramp to a really kickass song coming right after it on the album. Build up, build up, build up, done. PBTatFA: Restrained, languid country ballad, played like it’s the ‘50s: The super-fucked, racially divided blood-on-the-streets one, not the nostalgic, smiling Fonzie one. So even though it’s quiet, there’s murder in the throat. Much better than current country music that’s designed to sell xenophobia and chrome ball sacks. The Measure [SA]: These folks are dear hearts, and I’m a neophyte when it comes to the recording process, but the song sounds strange—like an over-compressed music file—a couple hairs too fast and Lauren’s voice sounds out of pitch… but, that said, the songwriting’s great, as to be expected.

 –todd (Traffic Street, trafficstreetrecords.com)