I’m not totally sure how I feel about this band. I get the Hüsker Dü comparisons, but I also hear a lot of darker ‘80s references like early TSOL and even 45 Grave. The guitar tone and the vocal approach lean a lot towards that gothic-influenced punk, but it doesn’t sound like it’s jocking a style. The rhythms are almost danceable like Joy Division or—as a stretch—Rudimentary Peni, and the singer croons with a raspy but confident approach. When the melodies reach outside his vocal range, he strains to hit the notes, making him sound desperate—like he’s standing on the tips of his toes, stretching out his whole body for something out of reach. The way the guitar riffs are arranged reminds me of fellow Deranged band White Lung, but the approach is far less aggressive. This record makes me feel anxious and out-of-sync, and I think maybe the members of the band felt that way when they were writing these songs.
–Ian Wise (Deranged)