Chicago’s grouchiest strike again: three new songs, hot on the heels of their LP. Canadian Rifle’s sound has been getting progressively darker, and that depression gave their LP a couple of snoozy spots. Since then, they’ve figured out how to harness that ill will and use that anger to polish tiny diamonds of punkness from what had threatened to become charcoal bricks. Here’s to a new direction and rejuvenation for one of my favorite Chicago bands.

 –CT Terry (Residue,