LOPEZ, THE: Travel Fast: Cassette

I literally heard the first blown-out guitar note and said, “Okay, this.” I’ll admit that my fuzz-overload garage rock prediction ended up being a little off the mark (fuzz-overload was dead-on, though). Noise pop is a better name for this duo, who will probably be a hit with those who like their rock weird, snotty, and buried under a haze of flanging feedback and distortion. The programmed drums are a cool twist that I don’t hear too often. Not really my scene, so tracks like “Cubito Aequet” that let the pop hooks out for some air are the only ones that don’t sound like a robot speaking internet rock to me. Like I said, though, this sounds like a solid release for the right audience. 

 –Indiana Laub (Machine Age)