FACE THE RAIL: Fractures: 7″

Oh, hell yeah. These guys play great old school-sounding skate punk with a thrashy influence, but the mid-tempo pacing and warm, lo-fi analog recording make this slab of wax sound like an authentic ‘80s gem unearthed twenty-five years too late. The monotonous vocals and the start and stops in “Bleeding Eyes” take more than a couple cues from the legendary Koro with the poppier backbeat of the Wipers, and the darker “No Hope” is rooted firmly in early Southern California hardcore like TSOL. For all the comparisons you can put in place, though, the songs have an earnestness that keeps this record engaging.

 –Ian Wise (headcountrecords.com)