HORACE PINKER: Local State Inertia: CD

Hot off the presses, the long-running Chicago outfit comes back fierce with this kick ass platter-o-rock. Prickly guitar, soaring harmonies, and passionate songs about the world’s ills make this one a no-brainer. “Charms and Pills,” “Catch 22,” and “The Damage Done” are stand-outs here for me. The packaging is slick, too. I was a bit perplexed about the cryptic “47” message listed inside. BPM? Average age of the band members? Nope—the old hidden track trick! Expertly produced by Mass Giorgini, it’s a real sonic treat to listen to real loud. Now if these dudes would only tour outside of Illinois, I would be very happy.

 –koepenick (Arctic Rodeo)