LOUDER: “Tear Me Up” b/w “So Alone”: 7”

Pittsburgh-based international garage punk label Secret Mission presents another killer single, this time from Osaka, Japan’s Louder. Both of the two included songs are hook-driven and fun, possibly even more so than the tracks on their excellent LP that Sorry State Records released last year. It’s pressed on cool swirled vinyl, with the first one hundred encased in handmade white jackets. This is the sort of single that ends up coveted amongst record collectors. Japan might be far away, but there’s always a turntable nearby.

 –Art Ettinger (Secret Mission, secretmissionrecords.com)