Iron Chic: In a wholly different dimension where music, not product, is pushed at listeners, I can totally hear “Subhumanoid Meltdown” garnering lots of radio attention. Nice bit of mid-tempo poppy punk with noodly guitars and anthemic choruses. Their other tune here, “L’esprit de L’escalier,” is the more traditionally “pop punk” of the two, vacillating between mid-tempo catchiness and bursts of thrash beats. Not usually my bag o’ worms, but they definitely aim for the higher echelons of the genre. Low Culture: Two prime poppy ditties built on a garage chassis. Their connections to the Marked Men monolith are well known to those who care about such things, but here they sound less like an offshoot and more their own entity, with less hammering and more nuancing of the hooks. Good split.
–jimmy (Dirt Cult / Dead Broke)