LA MALADRESSE: Self-titled: CD

Sounds like Rites of Spring meets the Minutemen’s time signatures meets several dozen of those teenage emo bands who used to open up for my old band at stinky VFW halls with no stage and the house lights either all the way on or all the way off in the 90’s that made me question whether my earplugs were working properly because i could still hear them somewhat, mashed up into a certain type of gravel that gets in your shoe easily and also, counterintuitively, sticks to your pants like cockleburs. In the spirit of sportsmanship, i usually think it’s pretty important to give any record i am assigned to review a fair playthrough; this one, however, i’ll admit i got up from my desk and got lunch about two or three songs in. Lunch didn’t work, though—i could still hear them somewhat. BEST SONG: “Océan de Distance” BEST SONG TITLE: “Hypertension” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: I actually have hypertension.

 –norb (Mon Oeil)