HEAT TAPE, THE: Raccoon Valley Recordings: CD

Brett from Dear Landlord/The Copyrights doing some lo-fi pop punk that’s pretty decent, but doesn’t really knock me out. For me, what makes his two other bands so great is how fast, loud, and pummeling they are (both recorded and live), and this kind of songwriting just isn’t quite as effective when it’s played more sloppily to a dirty-sounding 4-track. Probably a lot of folks who are bonkers for Underground Railroad will think this is the shit (although I love URTC, so maybe I’m off there), but it’s just okay to me.

 –Dave William (Red Scare, redscare.net)