There is something distinctly youthful about Ontario duo Heart Attack Kids. Their self-titled’s short songs—only four of which are featured on the 7”, though it is packaged with a CD containing all six tracks—feature an imprecise urgency and winningly puerile lyrics, while Owen Marshall’s charming monochromatic album art is evocative of the shit you doodled in the margins of your notes from freshman Bio. Vocalist and guitarist Jared Ellul and drummer Nathan Stock may only be two men, but Heart Attack Kids conjure enough heft and speed to crush listeners under the weight of their thrash. Their frenetic brand of punk is a pair of defibrillator paddles pressed against the chest of the increasingly melodic and mature modern scene.
–Kelley O’Death (Speed City, [email protected], speedcityrecords.com / It’s Trash!, itstrashrecords.bandcamp.com)