LOW DERIVE: Keto: 7”

I’d been playing this record intermittently over a lengthy period before I realized how good it actually was. However, once that eureka moment hit, I quickly became enamored with the three tracks—especially the opener, “Dylarama”— which builds gradually before bursting open into a hugely melodic romp that falls just short of five minutes. These Italians write some great intros, bridges, and outros—which are almost worth listening to in isolation—however, they manage to throw in some decent vocal passages to help build up three very strong songs. The guitar sound owes a debt to Dickie Hammond (Leatherface/H.D.Q.) and it helps beef up the record nicely. A real shame I couldn’t catch the band on its recent U.K. tour. 

 –Rich Cocksedge (No Reason, noreasonrecords.blogspot.it)