BIRTHDAY SUITS: The Minnesota: Mouth to Mouth: CD

Punchy, strange punk that flip flops between some of the most undeniable hooks this side of Denton and guitar-heavy crunch time that’s on par with the Congelliere-tone. I’ve spent a lot of time listening to this band—probably their split with the Marked Men receiving the most spins—and nothing could have prepared me for their live set: two truly talented musicians, skillfully concocting a sound that’s so massive, bizarre, and enticing. If there were ever a common ground between The Blind Shake and Shellshag, it would be the Birthday Suits. And if you’re a fan of punk that should be considered “post-punk,” but never will be due to ridiculous presumptions, I suggest checking out all three of those bands.

 –Daryl Gussin (Nice & Neat)