BLANK EXPRESSIONS: Breakdown: CDEP

Jun 06, 2014

Modern poppy punk rock that’s heavily inspired by a range of ‘70s and ‘80s punk rock. The rapid-fire power chords and ever-so-slightly reverby vocals send my mind right to X (or Generation X, for that matter), not to mention the unexpectedly Clash-like breakdown in the opening track. City Mouse is the most obvious contemporary comparison—just amplify the new wave and power pop nostalgia by an order of magnitude or so. Frontwoman Rita Vanegas’s snarling vocals sound a little affected for my taste at times, but it’s a stylistic choice and she sure as hell knows how to work it. This is bouncy, aggressive punk rock’n’roll that could definitely ignite a sweaty bar or garage within a chorus or two. 

 –Indiana Laub (Rebel Noise, [email protected], rebelnoiserecords.com)

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