BEAT THE RED LIGHT: Self-titled: CD

It goes back and forth from flashy metal to straight forward ska punk. At first, I was just surprised that bands like this still existed, but, admittedly, it’s not bad—the songs just tend to go on too long, either in having a minute-long intro or multiple extra parts that feel like they’re just thrown in for no reason. (My own personal opinion? Longer songs work best with the Superchunk approach of taking an awesome riff and playing the hell out of it.)

 –joe (TNS, tnsrecords.co.uk)