JAWAZ, THE: Self-titled: 7” EP

Slightly changing tactics here on their first vinyl EP (if you haven’t procured a copy of their Live and Loaded demo, I suggest you do so ASAP), San Gabriel Valley heroes the Jawaz start things off with “Not for Me,” a tune downshifting slightly from the manic tempos they usually employ, yet blessed with some sick hooks and structures that showcase some sophisticated songwriting instead of the usual faceless thrash-o-rama. Ditto for “Modern Tragedy,” a brooding ditty that recalls the best of L.A.-area punk/hardcore’s so-called “glory days” without sounding like lame rehash. Sandwiched in between is a re-recording of the rager “Stand Up,” to facilitate stage diving sessions offa yer bedroom desk as this spins in the background. Three songs total, not a stinker in the bunch.

 –jimmy (The Jawaz, [email protected])