JOSH DOBBS & HIS DEFICIT OF DREAMS / GHOST AQUARIUM: Split: 7”

Fresh out of Florida and served on mossy green vinyl, these two bands serve up two very different sides of the same coin. Dobbs, front man to The Runnamucks, turns away from his signature sound but still brings the same teeth-grinding angst. “Deficit of Dreams” has a slower, bluesy rhythm, plus a few keyboard notes thrown in, while “Dial Tone” is a jab at the ubiquitous cell phone (I’m looking at you, Todd). Ghost Aquarium’s “Despite the Vices” is a nod to their affinity to goth rock with a sinister, prowling-in-the-shadows vibe and ‘80s guitar solo, whereas “Enough Time to Live” is a lighter, post punk, body slamming track. The sound quality isn’t killer, but don’t let that detract you from picking up an awesome split from two different but equally talented bands that are steering clear of that 4/4 rhythm cookie cutter punk. Recommended.

 –Kristen K (Ripping, myspace.com/rippingrecords)