CHAZ: Self-titled: CD

Ack! My mind doth work in mysterious ways! When I saw this, I thought, “Holy shit! Chaz Matthews (Dimestore Haloes) has a new record!” Sadly, this turned out not to be the case, but I won’t hold it against ‘em. This band is a strange mix of power pop, Queen-esque high vocals (scary!), metal (yikes!), hardcore, and the occasional super cool back-up vocals on songs like “Poverty and Romance.” I say: Make all your songs like “Poverty and Romance” and I’ll like you very much! Make all your songs like “The Carrot of Power” (Queen meets hardcore) and I will hide under my bed! If this were a cereal, it would be mostly Corn Flakes with a handful of Trix (yum!) thrown in! Ah, potential!

 –maddy (Self-released)