NO MARKS, THE / HYALIN: Split: 7”

These are two relatively new U.K.-based bands, both of which deliver a lighter take on punk with the emphasis being on a less overdriven sound with heartfelt and well sung vocals. Actually, both bands sound remarkably similar to each other and maybe this is due to both including ex-personnel of Blocko—this is a good reference point musically, too. Despite the analogous sound, The No Marks make more of an impact on me although, to be perfectly honest, I’m not really able to say why despite racking my brain to figure out what makes one band appeal to me more than the other. 

 –Rich Cocksedge (Brassneck, [email protected], brassneckrecords.bigcartel.com)