May 13, 2011

Liarbirds: I think my band played their last show in Minneapolis and I have a vague recollection of someone telling me I should really check them out, which I didn’t. Instead, I stood in the lawn of the house they were playing, drinking and talking to some friends I| hadn’t seen in a while. Their side of the record confirms that I am an idiot. Those friends could have waited twenty minutes. This is some great Midwestern punk rock, like a snottier Smoking Popes or maybe Vacation Bible School. Brickfight: In some ways I feel like this band is severely underrated. Aside from some high praises from Mitch Clem, I rarely hear much buzz about them. Maybe I’m just not looking in the right places. At any rate, Brickfight, like Liarbirds, plays great Midwestern punk rock (though these guys are originally from Ft. Worth) but with a bit gruffer of an edge. A solid split, indeed!

 –Chris Mason (Let’s Pretend)