KRAPPY DRAKULA, THEE / FARMS IN TROUBLE: Split: 7″

Well paired 7” of quirky, lo-fi minimalist punk. Thee Krappy Drakula kinda sounds like Giant Haystacks recorded on a boombox, with echoes of D. Boon sheen on the guitar and the squealing feedback of the Velvet Underground humming in the background. First song on the Farms In Trouble side, “Employment History,” is the winner on this side with tape loop magic and a yodeled hook. The other tunes are less melodic, jagged, angular shards of off-kilter, but still listenable weirdness, like backing tracks from Chuck Jones’ futuristic ‘60s Tom and Jerry cartoons.

 –Jeff Proctor (Eeefin’/Activities)