BREAK ANCHOR: In a Van Down by the River: LP/CD

I was looking forward to hearing this, purely based on the fact of Jay Navarro—also of Suicide Machines and Hellmouth—being the vocalist. However, apart from at best three tracks, the album failed to ignite any lasting interest from me. Whilst looking up information on the band, it seems that the aim was to create a sound with an East Bay/Lookout! vibe but nothing on the record really brings to mind anything remotely resembling something from that diverse scene. It’s not as if the constituent parts of the music are bad—the guitar sounds good throughout, the lyrical content is strong, and I still find Navarro’s vocals appealing—but after half a dozen plays, not enough is gelling for me to want to continue with the album. 

 –Rich Cocksedge (Paper + Plastic)