JOWLS: Cursed: 10”

Jowls trade in the syncopated, groove-oriented emo-core pioneered by Shotmaker in the mid ‘90s. This style got old fast, but Jowls give it life with passionate playing and dynamic songs that build, twist, and crescendo. Vital enough to avoid being caught in the past, but true enough to the form to make me feel like I’m at a Clinton-era hardcore fest, playing foursquare with a bunch of Spock-rockers. Six songs, green marble vinyl.

 –CT Terry (tinyengines.limitedrun.com)