ENDS, THE: New Rome: 7″

In the span of a little over a year, the Ends have become one of the best bands around, luring the listener in with their happy, bouncing rhythms, and then attacking with razor sharp guitar hooks and snotty vocals. That being said, the title song is a bit of a letdown. The music is repetitive and mid-tempo, the vocals are really mumbly, and the whole thing brings to mind a more pedestrian version of the Stitches. The B-side more than makes up for it, though. They play like a band building on their influences rather than being mistaken for them, and it’s a winner.

 –josh (Dirtnap)