EX’S WITH BENEFITS: Bad Hotel: CD

Full length album from what appears to be a Seattle-based band with the drummer of early grunge band Green River. There are a lot of side project-style moves to be found here—solid playing, strong vocals, and a mix of styles. Unfortunately, the lack of energy and cohesive songs that is often evident in this type of band is on display as well. Kind of a mix of post-punk, straight rock, and just a little punk style over twelve songs. One tends to get a lot of this type of thing for review over the years. It’s not bad, but not something that will ever get played again. 

 –frame (Self-released)