NO MARKS, THE / HYALIN: Split: 7”

Both bands play mid/up-tempo melodic punk, and they’re a bit interchangeable. Then again, so are many bands who play this sound—both bands sound like the songs could have been written anywhere between 1987 and today. Anyway, the No Marks feature dudes from other U.K. bands—Blocko, Crocodile God, and the Down And Outs. Hyalin are two parts Blocko members and two parts members of France’s Chestnut Road. It’s a good record, and if you like melodic punk you probably can’t miss with this. The music is good, and, lyrically, both seem to have some fingers in the emo pie, with Hyalin’s verses a bit more abstractly poetic. Very solid stuff on both sides. Orange vinyl!

 –Eric Carlson (Brassneck)