MIDWIVES: Self-titled: LP

Was a might concerned at the beginning of the “The Tourist” opener, ‘cause it sounded like they were gonna make a foolhardy stab at the Black Flag brass ring, but they wisely backed off the precipice. There is definitely some Flag influence in evidence, especially when they slow things down to a crawl and let the guitars howl, but they try to find their own footing rather than ape, resulting in some fine noisemongering that varies between punchy mid-tempo rockers with some interesting rhythmic changes, dirgy indulgences, and full-on thrashing. The songs are short, taut, and cathartic without being melodramatic. Thumbs up. 

 –jimmy (Direct Current, directcurrentrecords.com)