CHEMICALS: For Real, For Life, Forever, or Whatever…: LP

What sets Portland’s Chemicals apart from other garage punk bands is their heavy use of keyboards. This album features twelve intentionally rough-around-the-edges tracks of in-your-face, fuzzy, dirtball, punk for the Goner Records kids in your town (if there are any Goner Records peeps left in your region). There’s plenty to dig here, from the silly lyrics on down. The band’s logo, of test tubes spelling out their name via “KMKLZ,” is one of the best band insignias in ages. Can you judge a band by its logo? Of course not. But can you judge a band for its logo? That’s the deeper question. –Art Ettinger

 –Art Ettinger (Jonny Cat, greennoiserecords.com)