HOSPITAL GRADE: Secrets & Sawdust: CD

Interesting bit of work here: dissonant guitar playin’ reminiscent of mid-‘80s college rock stuff mixed in with enough rock and pop influences for them to give the tunes both a heavier edge and some effective hooks. Any occasional nods towards emo yuckiness are tempered by sharp left turns you didn’t see coming. While I can’t say I’d listen to this more than two or three times, I give them their due propers for puttin’ in some obvious effort to separate themselves a bit from the herd. Keeps you on your toes, this does, and that is never, ever, a bad thing.

 –jimmy (www.bbqrecords.net)