GERUNDS, THE: Self-titled: CDEP-R

A five-song demo debut from this Philly band. All the members have some serious musical histories that offer a fresh spin on their current sound. Guitarists Sal Cannestra and Joe Iacovella did time in The Thirteen. Bassist Ben Goldberg played in Grady. Keyboardist Mickey Lynch came out of nowhere and now provides the wildest keyboard performances outside of Monty Oxymoron. Drummer Paul Colucci kept the beat for Endgame. Admittedly, some fans may choose to focus on the frontman-Peter Cortner (ex-Dag Nasty, Los Vampiros). But it’s the sum of their parts that makes The Gerunds click. Five tracks on here that rock with reckless abandon. “Gill” kicks things off with a sonic boom and it only gets better from there. Great arrangements and thoughtful songwriting make this one a keeper. There’s also a super secret cover at the end. It’s what John Peel listed as his favorite song ever, if that helps you out. You need to get this EP pronto—it’s hotter than a deep dish pizza fresh out of the oven.

 –koepenick (Self-released)