EMPTY ROOM: Self-titled: Cassette

This very solid hardcore demo from Buffalo has a ton of panache. Mainly mid-tempo, straight ahead, and old school, these five songs are all toe tappers. The band is comprised of past members of White Whale, Everything Falls Apart, and Brown Sugar. With cool silkscreened packaging, this tape isn’t just a slapdash attempt to follow the current cassette craze. If they’re playing to empty rooms, something is even more wrong with this world than previously thought.

 –Art Ettinger (Feral Kid)