FONTANA: Self-titled: CD

Some bands sound like Black Flag, but Fontana picked the My War era to be inspired by. Hell yeah. Moody waves of dark, screechy guitar and strained vocals—speedy to slow—and then shove the song into reverse while going 100 mph. Real tight, real catchy, real damn good. I don’t mean a retread of the early ‘80s, dirt but a real exciting new band with that vibe and doesn’t seem to take themselves too seriously. Not to mention you can usually trust the taste of X! Records. The back has Pettibon-style drawings and tiny fucked up sentences. At first, I thought that was taking the Flag image too far. But then I realized it says, “You just see what you think, not what you see” over a drawing of a duck head. Hell yeah.

 –mike (X!)