Here’s my bet: these folks love, love, love later Fugazi (or a band influenced by them) and the Cure. Nothing wrong with that, but I kept on waiting for the zag to zig. It’s like a solitary path through high weeds: no matter how many twist and turns, the path’s really obvious because it’s already been hacked out. The result is, unfortunately, a boring record. My other bet: these are some very earnest folks making this music, so there’s no need to cudgel them. Here’s my advice: find the zag, something far away. Something that may not fit at first, then make it your own. Zag to Articles of Faith, The Big Boys, Otis Redding, The Minutemen, Motörhead… something, because at the end of the day, I already own a much more satisfying version of this record, and it’s called Red Medicine.
–todd (Breathing Room)