IDEAL CLEANERS: Muchacho: CDEP

Punk bands who play their instruments well are a double edged sword. Swing it one way and you have bands like the Minutemen and Meat Puppets, weird but cool and grounded. Swing it the other way and you’ve got the likes of Soundgarden guys who study their abs daily and aspire to bring their hair stylists on tour—maybe a little odd at times—but always striving for commercial success. Read the Ideal Cleaners’ one-sheet and they come across like the former. Listen to Muchacho and the latter springs to mind. Too glossy for my tastes.

 –Mike Faloon (Ideal Cleaners, myspace.com/idealcleaners)