It’s been a while since I heard their last release, but if memory serves, this is a decided step forward from its predecessor. While things are still very much in the modern raspy (in this case also off-key) indie pop punk vein that’s apparently all the rage, the gems can be found in the outside-the-box thinkin’ of the guys strumming and banging. Of particular note is the guitarist, who often sounds like he’s cribbing influences from Joy Division and other post-punk sources rather than the usual batch of string-slingin’ heroes. As a result, the vocals, which would normally be the kiss of death as-is, actually somehow work within the context of the songs.
–jimmy (No Breaks)