HUNCHBACK: “Werse Houses” b/w “Beautiful”: 7”

Both of these artsy post-punk songs feature dreamy Bowie-influenced vocals and keyboards set to instrumentals reminiscent of Big Black. There’s an aura of self-referential pretension that annoyed the shit out of me, although the recording and production are interesting enough to not totally kill Hunchback. It doesn’t matter that this record is hand-numbered and limited to 300 copies. Unless the band members have large loving families, the bulk of these 7”s are going to be collecting dust in someone’s closet until the end of time.

 –Art Ettinger (Sacred Bones, www.minus3plus4.com/sacred_bones)