INTERNATIONAL ROBOT: Self-titled: 7” EP

The band’s got a split personality. When the guitarist, Brian, sings, the proceedings sound a little too close to Fred Snider of the B-52’s hard rocking it. He extends words that don’t need to be ex-ten-ten-ten-ded, yeah. It’s a bit loosey goosey for my tastes. It’s a strange amalgam of Mudhoney without the full arsenal of fireworks. It’s really not that bad, but it’s a tad too repetitive for me to endorse. When Danny, the drummer, takes the helm, I like the proceedings much more. The songs are closer shorn, fuzzier, snappier, and all around tighter. I find myself bopping along. 50/50.

 –todd (Pop Riot)