Sep 18, 2015

There’s been an upsurge of surf-influenced garage punk recently, and I’ve dug most of the bands that I’ve come across. With this split 7”, Decent Criminal and Screaming Mimis are two more bands dipping their toes in that water. I like surf-influenced stuff when it’s jangly and loud, and both of these bands were a bit mellower than what I usually gravitate towards. The recordings sounded washed out, and the effect did little for me. Of the two bands, I was a bigger fan of Decent Criminal because they had the most energy. The Mimis cut loose pretty well on the back half of “Stay Close” but otherwise they felt rather subdued by comparison. 

 –Paul J. Comeau (Dumptruck / Sweet Lodge,

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