PIZZASAURUS REX: Traveling Today on Yesterday’s Maps…: CD

Six piece Kansas City/ St. Louis outfit that gives us a nine song slab of refined sonic outbursts melded with gritty interludes. Yes, there’s The ‘Mats influence here. But I also detect early Buffalo Tom and even some Big Wheel. Songs that stick out like a broken rib: “Touch,” “Drown,” and “Puerto Rico.” With three guitarists, the playing is surprisingly restrained—there’s no Lynyrd Skynyrd meanderings here. They stretch out their song formats on the closing seven-minute-plus “Kick out The Bags.” I have no idea about the “Heartland” music scene at all, but I’m stoked I got this chunk of bone tossed in my direction.

 –koepenick (Self-released)