BRICK MOWER: Teenage Graceland: LP

I hear ‘90s melodic punk, like Jawbreaker or J Church, before “emo” became the mainstream modifier. I hear Acid Fast on the West Coast and labelmates Black Wine. I hear strained vocals and plodding, mid-tempo melodies that never pay off. What I don’t hear is Brick Mower, a fully actualized band whose sound gels the sum of their parts into something fresh. The earnestness kept me listening, but the all-too-familiarity left me wanting.

 –Sean Arenas (Don Giovanni, dongiovannirecords.com)