BIRTHDAY PARTY BAND, A: Lead Sky: CD

A slice of solid post punk-informed punk from Poland. This immediately brings to mind middle period The Ex, but with a bit more garagey succinctness. ABPB favors clean guitar and vocals over noise most of the time, but with the driving rhythms and personal-as-political lyrics (or in the case of “Police Song” political-as-political) the music carries a sense of urgency. Lead Sky is a spot-on title, as many of the songs reflect a practiced critical—verging on cynical—viewpoint. There is, after all, a song on here called “Something’s Wrong with Everything.” Basically, you should get this if you miss the indie-tinged foreign punk that Touch And Go would occasionally traffic before their demise.

 –Adrian Salas (Nikt Nic Nie Wie, [email protected])