ED SCHRADER’S MUSIC BEAT: Party Jail: LP

This duo go from sounding like a minimal version of slow, pretty, Gary Newman-type, early ‘80s-sounding stuff with a very distinct baritone vocal delivery one minute to the sound of a shrieking banshee with an unhealthy Lightning Bolt obsession the next. Sometimes it’s quirky and dancey, other times it’s harsh, but it’s pretty consistently good throughout. While it doesn’t necessarily sound like any of the bands on the roster, I could see this possibly appealing to fans of S.S. Records/A-Frames type post-punk jams as well. The record is most intriguing when the shrieking stops and the songs allow the sparseness to be part of the band. While this record is certainly not for everybody, I, on the other hand, just can’t get enough of it. 

 –Mark Twistworthy (Infinity Cat)