Volume three of Alien Snatch Records’ Teen Trash Series presents four tracks from the early career of Germany’s Brain Traps. The mastering is done by Jim Kuckowski of Rip Off Records and did a lot to make the EP listenable, stripping away the mud that often accompanies basement recordings while preserving the grit that gives lo-fi garage punk its charm. Side B was what sold me on Brain Traps. The side B opener “Radical Bongo” tears into the ears with squealing feedback. When the band rips into the track itself, they don’t let up. The intensity continues straight into the closing song and leaves you wanting more.
–Paul J. Comeau (Alien Snatch, [email protected])