GENTLEMEN PREFER BLOOD / HANDS LIKE BRICKS: Split: 7”

May 30, 2014

These two bands fit neatly into the past couple years of Southern California gruff-dude pop punk. If that means anything to you, you already know exactly what this sounds like. Gentlemen Prefer Blood plays along the lines of L.A. compatriots American Lies and The French Exit—or Latterman and Off With Their Heads, to be less regional. “New Year’s Resolution” kicks right off with a killer singalong chorus, a definite highlight of the split. Hands Like Bricks picks up the tempo on the flip side, two tracks of raucous punk reminiscent of Dear Landlord and early Social Distortion. The off-key vocals are really throwing me off, but the music is solid and fun. Lyrical content is mostly limited to being drunk and nostalgic about old friends. You know, punk stuff. As far as Los Angeles-area pop punk goes, this split is just about par for the course, but there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that. 

 –Indiana Laub (Radius)

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