CALIFORNIA X: Self-titled: LP

Huh. This sounds like Gumball or Overwhelming Colorfast without the big budget production. What I mean is, if this band had been around twenty years ago they would have been considered “alternative rock” and vied hard for a video on 120 Minutes or something. The Don Giovanni website keeps talking about how irrefutably punk their sound is, but I’m really not hearing that at all. Though they also mention that the band could also pass for contemporaries of Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth with nary an eye blink, and that makes a lot more sense to me. Not necessarily bad, but not exactly captivating either.

 –keith (Don Giovanni)