MOBIUS STRIP: Escalate: 10”

These guys are from Washington DC, and it shows in their sound and the slick and fully developed aesthetic. My only complaint about this record is how varied the songs are. Sometimes, Möbius Strip sounds like youthful ‘80s punk/hardcore, and then the next song might sound like it’s more influenced by ‘90s emotive/screamy bands like At The Drive-In, followed by a much slower power ballad type tune. I always think that punk bands including ballads on their records need to be careful, and often should reserve those songs for the longer full-length format where the ballad doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. Ultimately, of the six songs on this record, the best three would have made a completely great 7” EP. Unfortunately, the other three songs distract from what could have been.

 –Mark Twistworthy (Left Out, leftoutrecords.com)