NATO COLES AND THE BLUE DIAMOND BAND / KING FRIDAY: Split: 7”

Two tracks each from these bands from Minnesota and Florida, respectively. I’m liking King Friday more and more with everything that I hear from them. They straddle that post-hardcore pre-emo fence that a lot of bands did as punk evolved in the mid- to late-’80s, but King Friday don’t sound retro in any way. This was the first time that I’ve heard Nato Coles, and I wasn’t disappointed in the least. They have a cleaner, poppier sound than I would have expected with this pairing, and the sound strikes me as so definitely Midwestern—as if John Mellencamp were to be in a pop punk band. Satisfying. Grayish purple vinyl!

 –Eric Carlson (ADD)