GUNNAR HANSEN / U.T.I.: Split: LP

Gunnar Hansen: Final recording from this short-lived Hamilton, Ontario, Canada band that broke up in 2008. Only previous output was their debut 7”. Sad since they had that hardcore energy of early Fucked Up that I liked mixed with an energy akin to Negative Approach meets Cause for Alarm-eraAgnostic Front. A dual guitar attack that uses hard-charging chords to their advantage mixes well with the thundering and precise-sounding bass. U.T.I.: Readers who follow my lackluster writings know I love female vocalists. So a gold star from me. But the vocals here really blew me away. The best I could describe it would be a female Nick Blinko from Rudimentary Peni. So manic and over-the-top delivery. Having a solid band behind her also captures my attention. Fast-charging punk rock that can change speed on a dime. Good recording production adds to the power. They had an appearance on the Toronto’s Burning comp from the same label. I need to reexamine their tracks. Hate to pick sides, but this one was clearly the winner for me. Hope more is in the horizon.

 –don (Schizophrenic)